In our previous post, we discussed the advantages of NYSC to Nigerian youths. But as we all know, anything that has merits also has demerits. It will not be fair to talk about merits and leave demerits. So, to balance the equation, we shall look at some of the disadvantages of NYSC scheme to the Nigerian youths.
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Disadvantages of NYSC to Nigerian Youths
Below are some of the demerits of NYSC scheme to the Nigerian Youths;
1. Time wasting
To be sincere with you, the scheme appears to be a waste of time. With the current situation of things in Nigeria, paper qualifications and connection have become more important than NYSC scheme.
Most corps members are being posted to classrooms instead of their field of specialization to sharpen their skills. So, the scheme needs to be restructured, so that every graduate will be posted to a place that relate to their courses of study.
2. No loan scheme
There is no active loan scheme for serving corps members. Federal Government should provide no interest loans or grants for Corps members to use start business after completing their service year.
3. Waste of fund and resource
The money Federal Government spends on the scheme every year is enough to build industries or train graduates on useful skills for employment opportunities.
4. No Job Guarantee
After NYSC what next? Obviously, there is nothing next. After NYSC, government will leave you on your own. Federal Government should provide a viable and reputable structure that will guarantee job after National service programme.
5. NYSC encourages unemployment
Many organizations in Nigeria do not employ permanent staff anymore instead they request for Corps members to be posted to their firms. They run their business with Corps members whom they pay peanut and treat like slaves. Federal government should look into this matter.
6. NYSC is compulsory
The scheme should be made optional. Although, they claimed it is not compulsory. But it’s compulsory since graduates cannot get a job without NYSC Certificate. Even to go for post graduate programme in Nigeria, one would have to submit his NYSC Certificate.
7. Peanut payment (N19,800)
Corps members supposed to be among the highest paid workers in Nigeria, unfortunately the opposite is the case. Paying graduates less than N20,000 per month is a way of punishing them.
The N19800 stipend is not enough for transportation, feeding, clothing and other miscellaneous expenses. It’s unfair. Therefore, I suggest Corps members’ allowance should be reviewed upward as a matter of urgency. Corps members allowance should be increased to N50,000 per month.
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