The federal government has debunked the rumour going round that it has scrapped the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). There were reports that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is scapping NYSC scheme, which was established since 1975 by then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), alongside post-UMTE.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who reacted to the rumour described it as malicious,unfounded and legally illogical. “NYSC is a creation of the law. Only another law can repeal it,” he said.
The management of NYSC reacting to the rumour in a statement over the weekend, insisted there was no iota of truth in the report. The agency however, announced that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation course will commence soon. The scheme had last month announced the postponement of the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II Orientation exercise indefinitely.
The statement read:
“Our attention has been drawn to the report trending that NYSC has been scrapped. We want to emphatically say that there is no truth in such report. That rumour must be a mischievous one.
“The management wishes to inform prospective Corps members that, based on the assurance received from the Federal Government regarding release of funds, the 2016 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation course will commence soon. Prospective Corps members are, therefore, requested to watch out for specific date for commencement of the exercise, which will be announced as soon as all necessary logistics are put in place.
“Management empathizes with the affected prospective Corps members, and appeals for continued patience even as all efforts on the matter are fast yielding results,”
The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war and thus, it was established on May 22 1973 , under decree No.24 with a view to the proper encourage and develop common ties among the youths of Nigeria and to also promote national unity.