– Alhaji Musa Dala has reacted to the call to scrap the National Youth Service Corps by members of the House of Representatives
– Dala, who is the Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya said scrapping the scheme would jeopardise the effort in sustaining Nigeria’s unity
– According to Dala, there is a need for stronger reforms for the scheme to encourage oneness, peace and unity among citizens
FCT, Abuja – The Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya, Abuja, Alhaji Musa Dala, has described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a pivot of national unity.
Dala while speaking during a live programme at the Human Rights Radio in Abuja commended the federal government for sustaining the unity of the country through the scheme.
Sarkin said the NYSC has contributed immensely to the purposeful development of Nigeria among many others.
Further responding to questions on the agenda to scrap the NYSC, Dala said the rural posting of corps members has fostered national unity, integration and grassroots development.
He also praised the gallantry and sacrifices by Nigeria’s heroes past as he called on all citizens to join forces to ensure the NYSC scheme is reformed and supported to address contemporary challenges faced by Nigeria.
Dala urged Nigerian lawmakers to concentrate on applying the provisions of the national defence policy which makes the NYSC members a reserve force.
According to him, what Nigeria needs is for everyone to uphold the nation’s unity and help the NYSC sustain a proactive awareness campaign needed to improve the scheme.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that members of the Nigerian Concerned Youth have condemned the move by lawmakers to scrap the YSC.
The group said the bill by the House of Representatives to scrap the NYSC is a major drift away from Nigeria’s unity.
Also, reacting to the move by the lawmakers, the senator who represented Kaduna central at the eight Assembly, Shehu Sani, said the NYSC should not be scrapped.
Sani said the purpose of the scheme is to promote national unity and that the NYSC is needed now more than ever.
Reacting to the bill by the lawmakers, Nigerian students have taken to various social media platforms to condemn the plan to scrap the scheme.
The students said rather than scrap the scheme, the federal government should work on ways to reform the NYSC Act and ensure that it is developed to serve the nation better.
According to some of the students, seeing some of their relations participate in the NYSC was a major motivation for them to enrol in tertiary institutions and graduate.