Following pressures from all angles for the abolishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the Federal Government, on Monday, insisted that the Scheme had come to stay even in the midst of all the challenges.
Speaking to the 2016 Batch ‘B’ youth corps members posted to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at the permanent orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, described those calling that the scheme be scrapped as “short sighted,” as their advocacy could lead to derailment of Nigeria’s corporate unity.
The minister further explained that the NYSC scheme had grown to become the backbone of Nigeria’s national unity, thus creating and fostering progressive relationships among youths from diverse cultures across the country.
He said: “The scheme has created opportunity for young Nigerians to get acquainted and interact with other Nigerians in the country. Anybody that intends to rule must know his country very well.”
He called on the corps members not to believe the “beer parlour gossips on the social media that the Federal Government was about to scrap the scheme.”
Dalung also added that the present administration would do all to ensure that the scheme was properly funded.
He added: “The NYSC ranks high in the priority of President Muhammadu Buhari, therefore, the present administration is taking steps to improve the scheme, because the programme is so dear to the president.
“Let me assure you that the Federal Government will always have money to run NYSC, even if it means borrowing from anywhere to enhance the scheme.”
“The beauty of NYSC is its unity perspective and networking potential and without the scheme, Nigeria would have folded up.”