What Remains of NYSC? by Salihu Sani
The NYSC sheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the civil war by the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon by decree No. 24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of commom ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity. But it appears that image of the scheme has been tarnished in recent years.
Not only has the scheme lost its values but the aims and objectives of the scheme has been defeated going by the recent posting of the batch C corp members. The recent NYSC posting shows that the government is tactically and indirectly dividing the country into North and South. If the aim of the scheme is to foster unity among Nigerians, then why are northerners posted to serve in the north, likewise southerners in the south? In the posting most of the people from the Northeast were posted to serve in the northwest while north westerners are posted the northeast.
Those from the north central were scattered to serve within their own zone while southerners were restricted to the south. I agree there are problems of insecurity in the north and any responsible government would do all it can within its own powers to protect the lives of its citizen as human life is priceless.
But even with that, the insecurity is not all over the north. It is known clearly that the northeast is not so secured these days, even in the northeast the danger zone is Borno and Yobe. And that is not an enough reason for the government not to post Corpers from the south to the peaceful states in the north as southerners still do business in the north even in Borno and Yobe.
Secondly, the problem of insecurity is not only limited to the north. The southeast and the south-south are battling with the problems kidnapping which even monarchs and political office holders who have guards are not spared from the monster. The southwest is also facing the problems of arm robbery which even banks with all the police and private securities are not spared.
So you will agree with me that insecurity is a national problem which needs all hands on deck to solve. I thought i will be going to NYSC to have fun, make new friends, visit new places, speak a different language and see different culture but Kebbi is not a bad place atleast there is Argungu fishing festival.
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