By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members have urged the Federal Government to disregard calls in some quarters for the scrapping of the scheme, saying such suggestion was ill informed of the benefit of the scheme.
Speaking to Vanguard in Makurdi at the end of their compulsory one year service, some of the outgoing corps member described the scheme as a veritable means of fostering unity among the ethnic nationalities that make up the country.
According to Mr. Richard Oriri, a Batch â€˜Aâ€™ Corp member, â€œthose calling for the scrapping of the NYSC scheme are enemies of the progress of this country who are out to scuttle our dreams of building an egalitarian society.â€
Oriri said the scheme had provided Nigerian youths the necessary platform to contribute to nation-building, stressing that the Federal Government should continue to adequately fund the NYSC to enable it attain desired goals.
He also tasked governments at all levels to create employment opportunities for youths in the country to dissuade armed militancy, thuggery and other social vices.
The Corp member further blamed the outbreak of militancy in the Niger Delta on lack of an effective programme to usefully engage the youths of the region.
He urged Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to critically look into the provision of gainful employment for Nigerian youths who are yearly churned out by Nigerian universities.
â€œThe time to act is now, especially in an election year when the teeming unemployed will be lured by mischievous politicians to play the roles of thugs in order to create chaos in the system,â€ Oriri said.