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How NYSC contributed to unemployment

29 June 2016, 11:30 Elehinle Olalekan Edward

The National Youth Service in Nigeria is a mandatory program meant to be undergone by graduates under the age of 30 in Nigeria has been in place for decades.

The aim of the program which is to make youth to render selfless service to their fatherland and encourage multi cultural and multi ethnic mixing in Nigeria has been taken for granted and abuse by the private sectors in the country. As the saying said "Corper go, Corper come" has been the norm of the private sectors.

Every nation knows that the collaboration of the government bodies and the private sectors work towards the growth of a nation, but when it comes to the issue of National Youth Service, private sectors such as schools, NGOs, consumer businesses always want to cheat or abuse the government system.

Many private sectors have stopped employing workers, all what they depend on are graduates who are serving their fatherland and been paid monthly allowances by the government. By so doing, instead of a particular private business ownership to employ one or two post NYSC graduates to his/her job, it is seen that such people go after serving youth corps members with the belief that they can pay them small money to stay for one year in which another year others new once will also come to replace them.

Therefore, a salary of a bonafide professional in such job will cater for up to six or more corps members who do not care as far as they wish to serve their fatherland and collect their major stipends "allawee" from the government, which make them not to care about the small amount of #3000, #5000, or #10000 being paid to them at their place of primary assisgnment.

But after the one year, the private sectors will kick them out and collect new corps members, remember "Corper go, Corper come". NYSC is a selfless service of our youths to our nation, not for some people to take advantage of the scheme and abuse it.

I think government should stop posting corps members to private industries with the belief that when they are short of staff they will employ fulltime professional post NYSC graduates which will increase the rate of employment in the country.

- MyNews24

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