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NYSC; A Struggle That Needs Keen Attention -By Grace Amos Pemosi

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a one-year mandatory program for all Nigerian graduates under the age of 30, aimed at promoting national unity and instilling discipline. The program involves serving in various parts of the country, away from family and home communities, and engaging in various developmental projects. However, the scheme faces several challenges that need to be addressed.

One of the main challenges facing the NYSC program is the security issue. Corp members are often exposed to various forms of danger, including kidnapping, armed robbery, and Boko Haram attacks. In some cases, corps members have lost their lives while serving their country. As such, there is a need for the government to ensure the safety of corps members in all parts of the country through better security measures.

Another challenge is the issue of inadequate funding. The government needs to prioritize the funding of the NYSC scheme to ensure corps members receive the necessary support during their service year. This includes adequate allowance to cater to their basic needs, proper accommodation, and medical care.

Finally, there is also the issue of poor condition of the orientation camps and service sites. Many of these facilities are in a dilapidated state, with inadequate infrastructure, poor sanitation, and lack of basic necessities such as water and electricity. The government needs to invest in improving the infrastructure and providing basic amenities for corps members to ensure their well-being during their service year.

In conclusion, the NYSC program plays a crucial role in shaping the future of Nigeria. However, several challenges facing the program are hindering its effectiveness. It is, therefore, imperative that the government takes steps to address these issues and ensure that corps members have a safe and productive service year.

Grace Amos Pemosi writes from Mass Communication Department Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi and can be reached via Gmail gracepemosi@gmail.com

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