Monday, May 16, 2011

NYSC needs reviewing, not scrapping -Atiku

Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has disagreed with suggestions that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme should be scrapped.

The former vice-president, however, said that the programme instituted in 1973 was more than due for a review to re-energise it towards the attainment of its set objectives of national cohesion, integration, unity and stability.

Abubakar gave the advice on Sunday, in Yola, against the backdrop of the third commencement ceremony of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) and the release of 400 prospective corps members expected to join their colleagues from all parts of the country for the next call up by the NYSC for the compulsory scheme.

The former vice-president flayed calls in some quarters to abolish the programme, maintaining that, despite the unfortunate and regrettable death of 10 corps members in the recent post-election violence, the benefits of the unification programme were by far greater than its perceived shortcomings.

He said that, since the introduction of the NYSC programme in 1973, the scheme had enabled the nation’s young men and women to appreciate the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country, thereby significantly helping them re-think their prejudices and promoting their understanding.

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