The continuing relevance of NYSC scheme
The Worth of National Youth Service Corps Scheme, written by Umoru Aaron Eleojo, highlights the challenges and relevance of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in Nigeria and the need for its continuity in spite of the negative insinuations in some for its scraping. Its highpoints include ‘Observations,’ ‘Experience,’ ‘Objectives’ and ‘General Perception’ of the programme.
The book also discusses the political evolution of Nigeria, the glory of her forefathers, their socio-economic activities, culture and languages. Together, the author avers that these seem to have been devalued in the 21st century, with concerns that are not ennobling in any material sense. The book equally focuses on positive attitude and self-discipline, as essential ingredients for greatness. They are ingredients that the NYSC scheme should impact on Corps members for the realisation of a better society.
The writer believes that the NYSC scheme is still relevant to the Nigerian society and argues against critics of the scheme, who want it scraped on account of lack of relevance to meet with the demands of today, saying, “I believe that the nation remains indebted to the scheme, especially those corps member, who paid the supreme price during the programme. It is a disservice to this great country for anyone to discourage graduates from participating in the scheme.”
Eleojo is of the opinion that if the scheme is scrapped, it would do more harm than good to Nigeria’s social and economic integration. He, therefore, calls for a restructuring of the scheme for its stability and continuity relevance.
Finally, the book serves as the pre-orientation and orientation manual for all youths and prospective NYSC members. It also acquaints parents and guidance with the improved millennium phases of the NYSC scheme and what to expect of their wards while in service.
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