Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria,HURIWA, has warned that scrapping the National Youth Service Corps ,NYSC, scheme will increase crime rate and unemployment in the land.
National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari, to preserve national legacies that NYSC represents, said with over 100,000 graduates, the scheme helps to temporarily absorb them while they plan their future.
A lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, in a bill that has passed second reading, had called for the scrapping of the scheme because of insecurity.
Onwubiko said the scheme has provided the opportunity for Nigerian youths to acquire the spirit of self-reliance by developing skills for self-employment; contribute to accelerated growth of national economy and develop common ties to promote national unity and integration.
HURIWA stated that rather than scrap the scheme, it should be repositioned, as many of its noble values have been eroded.
Onwubiko, who also said the scheme needed some urgent reforms, added that insecurity remained a major challenge confronting it.
“Obviously, the NYSC scheme is in urgent need of reform. Insecurity is no doubt a major challenge confronting the scheme. But this is a national problem, which the scrapping of the NYSC cannot cure. What needs to be done is for states and organisations to provide adequate accommodations in secured environments for Corps members.