As someone who loves to read quite a lot and atimes write, I have been awfully quiet for a long time. That can be attributed to certain circumstances which I wouldn’t delve into.
So, after the successful completion of undergraduate studies in Nigeria, the graduates are called up to serve their fatherland. I was quite excited when I got called up to serve in Ogun state-a state I fancied by the way-. I reported to the camp on the proposed date and events from them henceforth had led me to ask several questions. who are we actually serving and what is the gain the Federal government of Nigeria makes from all of these.
To start of with, about 80% of the otondos present in the orientation camp are Yoruba, and Ogun state is also a Yoruba speaking state. The question is what is the purpose of the scheme if roughly 70-80% of corp members decided to stay in their region. After the orientation programme, we were posted to our place of primary assignment. I was posted to a school and my preconceived notion about school settings was completely shattered upon seeing the school I was to “serve”. Most schools around that area rely on corp members heavily -that shouldn’t be the case-.
The question I keep asking is, who are we actually serving? The government spends an average of 250,000 Naira on each corp member during his/her service year. What does the government gets in return for such massive expenditure? Is NYSC an investment? If so. then what does the government gains? By assigning most corp members to private schools and companies or firms, how is this favouring the government?
let’s be blunt and squash the idea of Nysc been aimed at National unity and integration. That point does not hold water because most corp members lobby and are posted to their desired states, which most of the time is their state or a state from their geopolitical zone. The others unlucky to be posted to a non desired states immediately seek for redeployment or relocation. The few northerners I had the opportunity to come in contact with during orientation have relocated back to the north due to the fact that few northerners were posted to the state. This scenario is found in the northern and other southern parts of the country too.
In places of primary assignment, most corp members are forced to teach in schools who provide little to no proper educational materials. Some proprietors exploit the corp members by assigning to them several subjects.
What should be done about the poor state of things? Should the Nysc scheme be scrapped or should it be rebranded and repackaged? Should the majority of the corp members be sent to private sectors or should they be assigned to government institutions rather? How can the government get something in return from the scheme? should they open up farms and industries and post corp members there so that the corp members can actually contribute a lot towards the growth of the nation?
The above written post is my humble opinion about the scheme. However, I want to hear other people’s views, contributions and be corrected if need be. Thank you