Former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, tells the FG that the NYSC should be fully funded or made voluntary.

Prof Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commision, has urged the Federal Government to either continue mandating participation in the National Youth Service Corps scheme or make it voluntary.


Jega made the call during his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the NYSC's 50th Anniversary Celebration earlier this week in Abuja, where he was a guest lecturer. He went on to say that the service must be kept, but it must also be repositioned to have a significant impact on national development, or it will not last another ten decades.Provide full resources for NYSC, or make it voluntary ? Former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega tells FG


“If Nigeria wants to do mandatory youth service for all graduates, then Nigeria must provide resources to do just that. Otherwise, you may as well term it to be voluntary or specialised so that you can have maximum value for your little resources. We must retain this service, but we must reposition it in such a manner that it can provide not only value for money but also have an even more substantial impact on national progress and development, or else it won’t last the next ten decades.”he said

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