The Nysc

Topics: Nigeria Pages: 8 (2600 words) Published: February 3, 2013
1.1Definition of terms
NYSC : The NYSC is a scheme established by the government of Nigeria which involves inculcating university graduates into the labour market for a compulsory one year service to the nation except in special cases were individuals are exempted. The full meaning of the NYSC is ‘National Youth Service Corps.’.

Corp member/Corper: The formal and informal names respectively, given to the individuals involved( with the exception of the officials of the scheme).

Orientation: introductory training given to corp members. Usually lasts for three weeks in camp away from friends and family.

Orientation Camps: Short –term accommodations sited for the corps members to stay in during their introductory training.

NYSC Headquarters: Main administration office for the supervision of the NYSC scheme for the whole nation.

Zonal headquarters: The zonal headquarters is the site were the zonal inspector resides. This is the administrative office for each NYSC zone.

Z.I : Full meaning of this is ‘Zonal inspector’. This is a person appointed for the supervision of particular zones where there are NYSC camps.

Area Inspectors: Officials in charge of particular areas in a zone. Assigned by the zonal inspectors.

Corpers’ liaisons officers: Corps members appointed to serve as mouth pieces of the general corps members to the authorities. They act as ambassadors representing the corps members at the NYSC zonal headquarters. PPA: Full meaning ‘place of primary assignment’. This is an institution/establishment were corpers are posted to, to serve their mandatory one year service in. These are part of the many terms too much for mention.

1.2Background To Study
This article is meant to give a more expansive assessment to the four decade long argument surrounding the continued existence of the NYSC in Nigeria. It provides a view of the different lines of reasoning or viewpoints provided by both parties and the final assessment of the issue. 1.3Statement Of Problem

It is no news that the NYSC programme is plagued with different problems, ones which have gone on too long to be ignored. When a scheme meant to unite the youth from different tribes/ethnicity leads to their deaths amongst many other problems which don’t seem to be resolved in the near future, attention is bound to be drawn to the topic ‘Has the NYSC truly outlived its usefulness?’. A topic which will be satisfactorily discussed. 1.4Significance Of Study

1.5Scope and Limitation
2 Literature Review

3.1 Introduction
This chapter delves into the history of the NYSC from the 1st formal mention of the programme to the decree which endorsed its existence , the structure of the NYSC , the purpose of establishment and the extent to which the purpose has been accomplished. 3.2 History Of The NYSC

The NYSC scheme was established by decree No 24 of May 22 , 1973 by General Yakubu Gowon’s administration. It was created in a bid to reconcile, reconstruct and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil War. The unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps. Decree No.24 which formally established the NYSC stated that the ‘’NYSC is being established with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity. Nigeria,...
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