The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was set up by the Nigerian government to involve the country's graduates in the development of the country. There is no military conscription in Nigeria, but since 1973 graduates of universities and later Polytechnics have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program for one year this is known as national service year.

"Corp" members are posted to cities far from their city of origin. They are expected to mix with people of other tribes, social and family backgrounds, to learn the culture of the indigenes in the place they are posted to. This action is aimed to bring about unity in the country and to help youths appreciate other ethnic groups. This creditable program was to unite the Country after the Nigeria Civil war. This program has lost the glory and its meaning. It is my option that the Northern part of the Nigeria should be taken out of the program. How come at this 21st century people could be so mean and kill corps member serving in various states, these Graduates has suffered to earn their degrees and the investment by the parents just ended just like that.

No amount of money call bring the soul back and the monetary incentives to parents is not the solution but review of the program by the Federal Government

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It used to be a centre of unity for the country.  But events of recent times seem to have dwarfed the gains of the scheme.  However, it should still remain but restructured so that graduates of Northern origin will serve in their own geo-political zones only, while the southerners serve in their own area.  This  is the only way the killing of corp members will stop.

Thanks Charles,

 I did serve in Imo State precisely Imirewen and it was in the village, the local people would invite us to their home and give us fresh palm wine to drink and food to go with it. One of the corps member married there while we were still serving.


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