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FG explains why the NYSC scheme will not be scrapped



The Federal Government has spoken out against a bill that would abolish the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), claiming that it has already begun reforming the program.

According to The Nation, the scheme has recently come under fire due to the country’s deteriorating security situation.

Last week, the bill sponsored by Awaji Abiante, a lawmaker from Rivers State, was passed by the House of Representatives on its second reading.

Abiante wants to amend section 315 (1)(a) of the 1999 constitution with the bill.

He argued that NYSC should be abolished because it has failed to address the scheme’s core purpose.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, reacted by saying that NYSC is one of the most important tools for national development for Nigerian youths in a post on his official Twitter page.

Dare stated that dynamic reforms and initiatives in response to current realities are ongoing, and that the Buhari-led administration is committed to the scheme’s continuation.

“For our youth, the NYSC scheme remains one of the most important tools for national development.

“The government’s commitment to the NYSC scheme is unwavering. Current realities are being addressed through dynamic reforms and initiatives. He tweeted, “Nigeria will stand with her youth.”

Before receiving the President’s final assent, the bill must pass second reading, committee stage, the committee of the whole, third reading, concurrence with the Senate, and passage by two-thirds of the Houses of Assembly in each state.

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