NYSC it’s now 44 years since the scheme was introduced: has the scheme REALLY succeeded in bringing about national unity and integration that it was primarily designed to achieve?

NYSC it’s now 44 years since the scheme was introduced: has the scheme REALLY succeeded in bringing about national unity and integration that it was primarily designed to achieve?

 

 

Over the years, there have been an upsurge in the debate as to whether the NYSC scheme which was introduced by the Gen. Yakubu Gowon led military administration in 1973, after the civil war, to help in uniting the nation is still relevant or not.

While many are of the view that the scheme had outlived its usefulness and the purpose for which it was introduced had since been defeated and hence called for the total and outright abrogation of the entire scheme. Others on the other hand argued that the scheme is still very much relevant and it still serves some cardinal roles which they believe are vital in nation-building and caution against scrapping it as, according to them, it could be counterproductive.

It’s now 44 years since the scheme was introduced. My question is, has the scheme REALLY succeeded in bringing about national unity and integration that it was primarily designed to achieve?

© Adeogun Kayode

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