So I was reading a colleague of mines post and was really interested in the topic.
I remembered I had battled with similar feelings on the NYSC program and I had complained a lot.
Seeing the list of reasons made me realize I wasn’t the only one thinking this way. He mentioned 10 reasons which is what I’m going to share now:
10 REASONS WHY NYSC SHOULD BE VOLUNTARY
By Taiwo YInusa
Why is it that only the Young pay the price?
I am 23 Years, apparently if I was just 7 years older, I wouldn’t be going through this Unnecessary Scheme.
How I wish I was Older
2. TO MANY UNCALCULATED RISKS
We Corp Members get involved in Road accidents, Election Violence, Bomb Explosion, Community fight, Religious Fights, Ethnic fights, and so on. It’s pitiable that only a few get noticed.
Our roads are more than bad. Corp Members risk too much when they embark on that 25 Hours long road trip to their state of deployment. Who bears this risk?
We risk too much by living in Adamawa, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Borno, Jos, Abuja, in fact anywhere that has recorded any form of terrorist attack in the last 5 Years.
It’s a pity some of our colleagues have died in road accidents and terrorist attacks.
NYSC is not worth our lives. We want out!
3. MANDATING NYSC IS INCONSISTENT WITH LIBERAL RIGHTS
The above is too much English. Let me explain in literal terms.
As a citizen, I am expected to be Law-Abiding. I am encouraged (not forced) to vote and to render voluntary service.
The act of Mandating National Youth Service before my rights of citizenship are extended is simply contrary to the purpose for which the country was founded and has endured.
My right to employment and contesting government offices shouldn’t be subject to my NYSC status.
It is wrong. THIS IS WRONG!
4. MANDATING NATIONAL SERVICE DRAINS ITS VIRTUE
Why is it called National Youth Service in the first instance? It should be more like “Mandatory National Service”
We have to understand that for an Act to be Patriotic, it has to be voluntary. If it is required, it becomes nothing special.
5. NATIONAL SERVICE DISTRACTS US FROM OUR CAREER
To many of us, the one (1) Year National service is a big distraction to our career. Many of us go through the One year scheme and become rusty intellectual wise. No real challenge, we just sit and teach Primary 2 Kids all year long.
6. INCREASE IN IMMORALITY
Don’t be surprised.
The Service year unfortunately brings out the beast in our Youths as many of us see the NYSC year as a Jolli period where we go at the world. Little wonder there have been recurring cases of Corp Members impregnating their infant students.
But an Idle hand they say is the devil’s workshop.
Are Corp Members That Idle? YES THEY ARE! YES WE ARE!!!
7. WE ARE BAD TEACHERS, BAD ROLE MODELS
All thanks to the government’s questionable posting policy where 90% of corp members nationwide have been confined to the 4 walls of a classroom. Corp members now call the shots in the Nation’s most critical part of the economy.
This leaves the schools, students, parents and community at the mercy of quack, hot, unfit and unprofessional educators.
Little wonder our students keep failing WAEC.
8. IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE
How much do the government (State and Federal) spend on the seemingly unnecessary Programme.
I might not be so good at mathematics, but I can come with a rough estimate of about #350K on each corp member. Multiply that by close to a hundred thousand graduates that go through the scheme a year and you’ll have a feel of how much money the government is not getting value for.
Tax payer’s money they call it.
9. NYSC SHOULDN’T STOP US FROM FROM LIVING
The above appear far fetched. Well it’s not.
How do you explain your absence at your Father’s burial?
How do you explain missing your own wedding? NYSC Head Count? HELL NO!!!
How do you explain loosing your Job?
That we are young graduates doesn’t mean we don’t have responsibilities. We have aging mothers to take care of; We have a Boy/Girl that calls us Daddy. We have siblings to look after;
We are sorry if we are unwilling to pack our bags to Kebbi. For some of us, Family comes first not the government. SORRY!!!
10. WE ARE TIRED
Tired of the peanut you pay us?
Tired of the ridiculously irritating houses you call NYSC Camps.
Tired of the ridiculous food you serve in camps.
Tired of the uncalculated risks
Tired of the double standards. The rich and famous don’t appear in Camps, they get their Certificates notwithstanding.
Tired of paying your staffs to Influence our Posting.
Tired of loosing our Jobs, only to get the NYSC Certificate and start looking for them again.
Tired of Holding only the Young Ransom.
We are Indeed Tired of the unnecessary scheme.