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  • Updated: December 20, 2022

NYSC Will Not Be Scrapped, Made Optional — FG

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare has assured that the Federal Government has no plan to scrap or make the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

Dare made this known at the 14th edition of President Muhammadu Buhari's Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023) on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Minister said the scheme was established in 1973 to promote unity in the country.

He added that the youth of a nation is its powerhouse, noting that  “once you captured their patriotism, that can spread cross.

“The rationale behind establishing the NYSC by Gen. Yakubu Gowon still subsists, as every country and even Nigeria is still on a daily basis promoting its unity in diversity.”

Dare disclosed that a committee for the celebration of the NYSC at 50 in May 2023 would be inaugurated on Wednesday.

He maintained that “with all the testimonies, no one will subscribe to scraping or even making the scheme optional.”

The Minister added, “reform is a constant thing, the NYSC is looking at some reforms, we had challenges with those in the diaspora, certain aspects of whether you can serve or not have been there.

“The NYSC is working to make sure that those areas that are faulty about the laws are addressed.

“There is a solid database that would detect if a graduate has a fake certificate or not.”

Commenting on the recent removal of Brig-Gen. Muhammad Fadah as Director-General of NYSC, President Muhammadu Buhari would anything to avoid the destruction of the scheme.

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