Nigerian graduates who are equally Prospective Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has asked the Federal Government to scrap NYSC scheme to enable them get a job.
This is because COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria affected their mobilization for the mandatory National service.
They lamented on how their inability to take part in the NYSC programme had denied them job opportunities.
Meanwhile, the NYSC orientation camps have been converted into COVID-19 isolation centres.
However, the NYSC Director-General, Ibrahim Shuaibu, in an interview with Economic Confidential, said there is no plan to mobilize prospective corps members soon due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is what prospective Corps members are saying:
“They can’t mobilize now because you’d have to be in camp and there are strict rules against the social gathering. Many graduates are thinking outside the box and no longer waiting for NYSC to decide their future.”
Another prospective Corps member said:
“The government needs to scrap the NYSC because it is a waste of time and if you are not engaged before NYSC, the result you are hoping for, you might not get it.”
Meanwhile, some other graduates advised government to allow them to serve in their current state of residence.
“I feel the government should just allow graduates to serve in the states where they studied or live. The government should also cancel the three weeks orientation camp as we do not know when the pandemic will be over.”
Also, some prospective corps members suggested that NYSC should mobilize them but ensure corps members adhere to safety guidelines including wearing of facemasks.
“I think the number of people expected at the camp should be reduced for social distancing purposes. If the numbers of people are halved, others will have to wait. “
“We may also be required to go for testing before reporting to camps. Corp members would be required to wear masks always. Consequently, rigorous exercises may be reduced because of breathing problems that may arise.”
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