Posting us to troubled states unfair, prospective corpers tell NYSC

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Michael Aromolaran

Many prospective corps members have taken to social media to express their concerns about the National Youth Service Corps and also about their postings in the scheme.

The NYSC had deployed the 2021 Batch ‘A’ Stream One corps members to the camp on Wednesday [today].

The camp experience will last three weeks, following which successful participants will be deployed to their various places of primary assignments.

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Some of the prospective corps members who have apparently gotten posted expressed worries on social media.

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Here are some of them:

@GeoLawrence1 tweeted, “It’s really really unfair. Is it really worth it that I go serve my father land in a state rife with banditry and insurgency? Is it really worth it that if I know no one, then “sorry” becomes my case? What’s really wrong with our system?”

@Obaluaye_ said, “It’s very worrisome that the NYSC is still posting corps members to regions pervaded by banditry, terrorism and kidnappings. The scheme has far outlived its purpose and needs to be scrapped yesterday. Nigeria is incapable of reforming anything so it’s not even an alternative.”

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“I see no reason why NYSC is still necessary, particularly at this critical moment. Posting innocent and defenseless young Nigerians to violent-ridden states is the height of cruelty,” said @GaniuOloruntade.

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“Nigeria can never be great at this rate people are handling things.What is causing increment of flight price now Please?People are scared to move by road to various camps in the northern part which I don’t even see it reasonable enough to post people,” according to @Damzy011.

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Since 1973, Nigerian graduates of universities and, later, polytechnics are mandated to observe the National Youth Service Corps programme for one year.

Over the years, however, criticisms have trailed the scheme, notably, complaints from corp members about their remuneration, but also about the religious-, ethnic-, and politically inspired insecurity which corps members sometimes have to contend with.

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