According to Sunday Dare, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, the Federal Government has no plans to make the one-year NYSC program mandatory.
On Tuesday in Abuja, he made this statement during the 14th iteration of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).
He claimed that the necessity to foster national unity was the driving force behind the scheme’s creation in 1973.
The youth of any country, according to Dare, are its lifeblood. He continued, “Once you grab their patriotism, that may spread cross.
“The rationale behind establishing the NYSC by Gen. Yakubu Gowon still subsists, as every country and even Nigeria is still on a daily basis promoting its unity in diversity.”
He announced that a committee would be established on Wednesday to plan the NYSC at 50 commemorations in May 2023. adding that “with all the testimonies, no one will subscribe to scraping or even making the scheme optional.”
He clarified that the program was eager to implement some changes that would further enhance it.
He also said:
“reform is a constant thing, the NYSC is looking at some reforms, we had challenges with those in the diaspora, certain aspects of whether you can serve or not has been there.
“The NYSC is working to make sure that those areas that are faulty about the laws are addressed.
“There is a solid database that would detect if a graduate has fake certificate or not.”
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