NYSC bars pregnant women and nursing mothers

Could this be a welcome development?

The National Youth Service Corps has barred prospective corps members that are pregnant and nursing babies as well as Post Graduate students from participating in the national service across the country because they would not be able to undergo the four cardinal programmes of the NYSC.

This includes mobilisation, orientation, primary assignment and winding-up passing out parade. To qualify to receive certificate of national service, they must go through the four stages of national service.

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, who said these in Kaduna, however, said those affected needed not bother to enlist for service “until they are free to participate effectively.”

The NYSC DG, at a workshop with the theme, ‘ICT and NYSC mobilisation process: towards eliminating identified challenges’, added that pregnant women and children would no longer be allowed into orientation camps across the country for service under the scheme established in 1973 by the Gen. Yakubu Gowon administration.

“It was further resolved that pregnant women, nursing mothers or students engaging in post-graduate studies should not bother to enlist for service until they are free to participate effectively,” the resolution read.


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