Earlier this year I blogged on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, musing on the need to rebrand and overhaul the scheme. The Guardian has a feature story on the scheme, highlighting how it has metamorphosed into nightmares for Nigerian youths. Excerpts:
Thirty years after, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC ) scheme has joined some of the other lofty programmes that have . Not only are the monthly allowances not realistically indexed to the realities of today’s living, securing a slot for primary assignments has equally become a tall dream.
The Guardian investigations around the country showed that no fewer than 40 per cent of those currently deployed for the programme are roaming the streets without placements due to their rejections by employers, under a gale of excuses that has upturned the main objectives of the program.
What indicators do the authorities need before doing what needs to be done?