By Alade Aromashodu
The Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State has flayed public agitation to scrap the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), programme as a result of the death of corp members in the last post-election violence in the northern part of the country.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Isaac Adeyemi gave this submission penultimate week at the School’s 2nd Annual Lecture entitled: Growing the National Economy for Job Creation and People’s Welfare. He stressed that the programme is a laudable one and should be allowed to stay.
“I don’t support cancellation of NYSC programme because it’s a laudable programme which must not be cancelled but be encouraged to stay.
“It should be encouraged to stay in the sense that it enables our youth to understand what Nigeria looks like,”Prof. Adeyemi stated.
Citing his daughter’s service year, Prof. Adeyemi noted that he was under pressure not to allow her serve in Maiduguri where she was posted. According to hm, he turned adamant and allowed the daughter to proceed to Maiduguri for the service saying, “that is the only way she can understand what Nigeria stands for and who Nigerians are:” He went on:
“She thanked me when she returned a year after and noted that she may never have the opportunity to travel to Maiduguri in her life again, adding, “now I have better perspective of what Nigeria is all about.”
Also, the Vice Chancellor reiterated that NYSC programme is not only to engage graduates for one year but also for them to understand who Nigerians are. So whatever challenges or inadequacies we are facing now, those challenges will definitely be overcome. He however, stressed further on review of curriculum in the institution as being a dynamic phenomenon that is done on periodical basis.
“Government has demonstrated the need to have entrepreneural courses in both theory and practical in tertiary institution and have been imbibed nationwide in universities curricula”.
In his own contribution, the guest lecturer, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, Minister of National Planning discussed on the causative factors for high unemployment amongst secondary school leavers as:
“The long period Nigerian youths spend idle while seeking admission into tertiary institution .
“The poor perception and low prestige associated with artisanal occupations and vocations result in many secondary school leavers remaining unemployed or idle while waiting for admission into tertiary institutions regardless of their academic ability.
“The falling standards of secondary school education have caused employers of labour to fill school leaver type vacancies with over qualified graduates, further exacerbating the problem of secondary school leaver unemployment,” Dr. Shamsudeen stated.