Should The NYSC Service Year Be Converted To Military Service?

Should The NYSC Service Year Be Converted To Military Service?

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No . I do not personally think so . The military service , I think , is quite a different thing from the type of programme that you have for the National Youth Service Corps .
Military service entails full military training and to give someone that kind of training , the person must pass through basic training in a military depot. In the case of the Nigerian Army, that kind of basic training lasts for nine months .
So , if you are going to convert the NYSC scheme into military service , it means the whole service year will almost be spent on military training alone . After nine months of this kind of training , a corps member will have only three months left to engage in active NYSC service year . What are you
going to do within the three months left ?
NYSC is a kind of civilian service with a bit of quasi military training at the outset to give the corps members proper orientation towards national service . It was not designed for full military service .
It should remain the way it is . If the government wants to beef up the training , fine ; it can do that . But with the economic situation , as it is now , I do not know whether Nigeria is even going to consider doing so . All of us are aware of what is happening in terms of the economic challenges.
I do not know if there is money around to do a number of things that the Federal Government wants to do. At least , they tell us that the money is not available and we have no reason to doubt them .
We shouldn ’ t talk of embarking on a new thing that will involve a lot of financial commitments .
What I believe that operators of the scheme can do is to keep updating the scheme , reviewing its objectives and commitment to the service such that it will continually be in keeping with the ever changing situation in the country. If you do that , you update it and you find that every year , it has something new to offer the country.
That is what I think we should do. It should restrict itself to what it was designed to do from the very beginning. I will however suggest that it should be constantly updated to address modern challenges in order to remain relevant. • Col . Peter Obasa ( A former Director -General , National Youth Service Corps )
If we convert the NYSC service year to military service , is the government going to arm them ? Are you going to train them in the handling of weapons ? To me, the talk about converting service year to military year is not reasonable .
The suggestion is not reasonable. The intention of the NYSC when it was created was to promote unity and national integration in the country and I think the scheme is still serving that purpose .
But there is no rationale behind converting the service year to a year of military training. This is because you are not going to arm them and secondly, this will negate the aim and objective of setting up the scheme .
Now , looking at the safety of corps members , you will recall that the NYSC authorities too have taken a decision not to post corps members to volatile areas. They now post them to areas nearest to their communities. In the interim and until the country stabilises , I think the NYSC should maintain the policy of posting corps members to non - volatile communities.
The NYSC must continue to consider the welfare of the corps members
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