Nigeria: NYSC To Stop Posting Of Corpers To Urban Areas, Only Villages

The Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullai, has announced that the Ministry had directed that from next year, 2013, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will post corps members to rural areas only, with no provision for redeployment.

Speaking at the budget defence session with the House of Representatives committee on youth development, the minister said the corps members would only be posted to rural areas like farms, schools, hospitals in the villages, and etc.

“Corpers would no longer be posted to banks and other organizations where they are always being rejected,” he said.

Abdullai said the ministry has proposed N3 billion for Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) in 2012, adding that the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) was designed to train 250,000 Nigerian youths in the first year with the capacity to enlarge the figure to one million by the end of 2013.

According to him, the programme would be executed with the collaboration of the private sector adding that the pilot programme would begin with the selection of 1000 youths from each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory for training in different vocations.

  1. Ayhi Reply

    Sugabelly, this will unquestionably dgriess from the point of your post, but…I am not sure we should be bogged down by income disparities in Nigeria or in the US, particularly because in the league of industrialized nations, America is a big disgrace. Indeed, my friend from Finland once called America a ‘Third World Country’, much to the chagrin of Yanks in the room! Back to Nigeria…There is very little doubt that the overwhelming majority of Nigerians live in abject and eye-popping poverty, with little access to quality education, clean water, quality healthcare, or hope for a brighter future. And nearly every indicator of standard of living points to declining standards over the past 30-40 years. One of the biggest mistakes a middle-class Nigerian could make is the assumption that ‘most’ Nigerians live like he/she does/did (I am not saying you made this assumption). I thankfully never fell into that trap because even though I spent my early childhood as part of Middle-class Nigeria, the latter half of my childhood was steeped in abject poverty. It was an eye-opener, and it had the effect of freeing me from some of the delusions I would otherwise never have dethroned if I hadn’t been so violently pried from my comfort zone in Middle-Class Nigeria. Rather than latch on to just one indicator of the quality of overall human existence in a nation (I doubt that this is one, really), why not take a holistic approach? What is overall HDI like in Nigeria, as opposed to the USA? What’s life expectancy at birth for both countries like? Infant mortality? Maternal mortality? Access to clean water? What % of children in both countries die before they reach a certain age? Look at these TOGETHER. If there is one thing I have picked up from endless discussions with my family about quality of life in different nations, it’s the fact that one indicator alone is not enough to paint an accurate portrait of life in a certain country. An oft-parroted statement is that 1% of the American population accounts for 90% of the economy. Whether or not this is true, it hasn’t changed the fact that the standard of living of the average American is far better than that of the average Nigerian, regardless of what income distribution in Nigeria is like. I am invariably quick to point out that information about income distribution, if not placed in the proper context, is what the Japanese call ‘muda’ (which, in Six Sigma, is regarded as waste). We must take a broader view of life in both countries, otherwise we will spend endless years comparing one index against the other without painting an accurate overall portrait.

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