The submission by the director general of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, that there were plans to make the scheme voluntary and reduce the corps population to make the programme more sustainable, have sparked reactions among Nigerians
Interestingly, Brigadier General Olawunmi’s statement,was made after President Muhammadu Buhari promised that his government will take all required actions to maintain and improve the programme as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.
He made the pledge after receiving a briefing from officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development led by Rabi Jimeta, the permanent secretary.
Micro-blogging site, Twitter, has been buzzing since the DG made the statement and we have been monitoring the reactions of Nigerians regarding the issue.
Nysc shouldn’t be optional. It should be reduced to 6 months instead. Nysc is very important, trust me, you’ll learn a lot.
— IG – Chim7a ♍ (@MIC_J07) August 6, 2015
If NYSC is to really become optional for real I’ll cry … Tears of profound joyߘ�ح — PRECIOUS (@Mys_p) August 6, 2015
Making NYSC optional will be a great mistake. — Olamide-sneh (@o_mykel) August 6, 2015
Even some people who got proper job via NYSC will join in bashing it just because that’s what “Twitter” wants — Noble Igwe (@Nobsdaslushhkid) August 6, 2015
If Buhari makes NYSC voluntary he gone go down as the greatest president in Nigerian history
— Nigerian God (@Echecrates) August 6, 2015
NYSC was modeled after “National Service” in UK (which was in place when Gowon attended Sandhurst). UK no longer does “National Service”.
— Onye #2ndNigerBridge (@cchukudebelu) August 6, 2015
NYSC JUST NEEDS IMPROVEMENT NOTHING MORE… — Dat Igbo❤️gal (@EzehRufina) August 6, 2015
Scrap NYSC, or better still, reduce it to 6months, we have been serving the nation since we were born — Unisellsdotcom (@olumhe) August 6, 2015
Scrap NYSC or turn it into a full time Military Service so recruitment can be done from there.
— General Ike-Egekwu (@Nm3ri) August 6, 2015
FG’s move 2make NYSC voluntary is a highly welcome idea. FG shud also find a way 2make NYSC an entrepreneurship training period 4 graduates
— Unadvertised Jobs (@Noadvertjobs) August 6, 2015
The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian civil war. The programme was N established in 1973, “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”.