NYSC: To be or not? | Osinbajo’s committee proposes 2-year suspension of orientation camps

by Toluwanimi Onakoya

The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and his committee, has expressed concerns and proposed that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) suspend some of its activities for two years, declaring that the initiative would curb the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The NYSC is a compulsory year-long program for Nigerian graduates and members are posted to a random state for three weeks of camp training. Upon successful completion, they are asked to serve in the assigned state for a year.

This platform would have thousands of youths coming together from various parts of Nigeria in confined spaces, interacting and would definitely be a catalyst for the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Many Nigerians agreed with the Vice President on this stance, stating that no one in their right minds should even think of resuming NYSC activities while some even went as far as to suggest the initiative be scrapped permanently, all together.


Many suggested that the “NYSC Cabal” would not be happy with this development; inferring that those who are in some way benefitting from the NYSC scheme would not want it to be postponed.


Others questioned how NYSC planned on ensuring social distancing on campgrounds or at the “Mammy” market if they, indeed, intended to proceed as normal.


It was however clarified that the Vice President’s proposal only included the postponement of the three weeks camp training, not the 1-year service.


On a brighter note, some took this time to reminisce on their antics during their own NYSC days. They recollected the numerous marches, the exercises, their outfits, and notable things they miss about the experience.

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