In this report, STELLAMARIES AMUWA takes a look at the role of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in national development as the scheme clocks 46 years of existence.
In his Independence Day anniversary broadcast on October 1, 1972, General Yakubu Gowon, then Head of State of Nigeria, announced plans for the establishment of the NYSC. On May 22, 1973, the scheme was established through the legal instrument of Decree 24. The Decree, now an Act of the National Assembly, specifically states that the NYSC is established ‘‘with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national Unity.’’
The service corps commenced operation on June 4, 1973, with the inauguration of the National Directorate Headquarters and six weeks later on July 2, 1973, the pioneer participants were called up to commence service. A total of 2,364 graduates from the then six existing universities in the country started the programme….