Some Nigerians have rejected calls in some quarters for the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).
The scheme since its inception in 1976 by the Gowon administration has been under scrutiny and criticisms, especially the pegging of the number of the graduates that would be allowed to participate in the scheme.
The listeners on a Rockcity 101.9 FM Programme: “Quick Take” were asked: “Do You Think NYSC is still relevant?
Forty-one out of the forty-seven listeners, representing 87% of the callers who responded to the question through phone calls, short message and twitter, rejected the call for the scrapping of the NYSC with “YES”, saying the scheme is still relevant.
Only six of the listeners representing 13 percent of the callers supported the scrapping of the scheme, saying it has outlived its purpose of establishment.
Most of the listeners who supported the continuation of the scheme, called for its restructuring to meet the current challenges the country is facing to make the Programme more relevant
Some of the callers, particularly Baba Rere, said the scheme should involve the deployment of participants to the agricultural sector, thereby using youths as the agents of the proposed economy diversification.
Some of those who supported the scrapping of the scheme, including Jimoh Akinola, said Nigeria has grown and the continuation of the Programme would amount to a waste of the national resources.