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NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Blue3k(m): 8:00pm On Oct 11


Abuja, Nigeria 20th July 2021 – A new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that 8 in 10 adult Nigerians do not support the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and there are more Nigerians from the North-East zone (88 percent) who made this assertion. This is in line with the position of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who spoke when he hosted some selected members of NYSC Batch A stream 2 Corps members posted to Sokoto state in his palace in May 2021.[1] The emir further explained that the NYSC scheme was established to foster the nation’s unity and strengthen ties among Nigerians. According to him, the NYSC scheme is the most needed programme in view of the present situation when Nigeria is almost divided along ethnic and religious lines.[2]

More findings revealed that out of the 80 percent who do not support the scrapping of the scheme, a larger proportion (30 percent) believe that the scheme encourages cultural integration in the country. While 27 percent consider it to be an avenue for exposure and self-development, 17 percent believe it helps the youths in various ways. However, of the 13 percent of Nigerians who support the scrapping of the scheme, 56 percent based their reason mostly on current security challenges in the country.

The poll results further indicated that most Nigerians (83 percent) who were interviewed admitted that the scheme has met its objectives of fostering National Unity in the country. Interestingly, 83 percent stated that graduates do benefit from the scheme and when probed further, monthly allowance (30 percent), intercultural relationship (17 percent), and self-development (12 percent) were the three top benefits mentioned amongst others.  In a country where some families toil day and night to make ends meet, the impact of the N33,000 monthly allowance paid to Youth Corps members cannot be undermined considering the adverse effect of scrapping the scheme.

With regards to modifying the scheme, 24 percent of adult Nigerians would like the scheme to be modified in such a way that the corps members get employed immediately after their service year. Therefore, rather than scrapping it, the government and concerned stakeholders should laisse with private companies and organizations to gainfully employ a certain percentage of Youth Corps members after completing their service year. These are some of the key findings from the NYSC poll conducted in the week commencing 12th July 2021.

Survey Background

The NYSC service was created as a federal government response to the gulf of divide and disunity that existed amongst Nigerians after the 30 grueling months of the civil war, which gulped thousands of lives and left in its wake wanton destructions of properties of monumental proportions. The cardinal reason for the creation of the service scheme is to heal the wounds the nation is nursing as an effect of the unfortunate and undesired civil war. It was meant to reconstruct, reconcile, and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war.

The NYSC service scheme was created on the 22nd of May 1973 by decree No.24 which stated that the NYSC service scheme 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 scheme has the primary purpose of inculcating in Nigerian Youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, and to emphasize the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background.[3]

After more than four decades of the establishment of the scheme, the debate has always reared on whether the scheme has achieved its aim or not and if there is a need to scrap the NYSC and replace it with another scheme. It is, however, a matter of debate in the National assembly if the scheme should be scrapped or not. The proponents of the scrapping are sighting issues of insecurity, unemployment, influencing posting among corps members as some of the reasons for the scrapping of the scheme while those opposing the scheme are citing the gains of fostering unity amongst Nigerians which the scheme has achieved over the years, as the reason why the scheme should continue to exist.

It is indeed common knowledge that corps members are now posted to states within the region of their origin thereby questioning the issue of fostering unity which the scheme seeks to achieve. “If you cannot be posted out of your region due to insecurity, then why mobilizing people for the scheme and where is the unity the scheme seeks to achieve?” queried a concerned citizen. Whether or not the service scheme will be scrapped is left to be seen but the debate rages on and Nigerians of different walks of life are sharply divided amongst the lines of scrapping or not. In the heat of the debate, NOIPolls conducted a poll to gauge the opinions of Nigerians regarding the 1-year service scheme.

Survey Findings

To enable Nigerian youths, acquire the spirit of self-reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self-employment. To contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy. To develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration.[4] Given the above, 83 percent of adult Nigerians interviewed disclosed that the NYSC scheme has met its objectives especially in fostering National Unity in the country.

Interestingly, further analysis revealed that there are slightly more non-graduates (85 percent) than graduates (80 percent) who believe that the NYSC scheme has met its objectives in the country. Likewise, respondents who did not participate in the 1-year NYSC program are more (85 percent) than the respondents who have gone through the scheme.



With regards to the benefit of the scheme, 83 percent of adult Nigerians admitted that the Nigerian graduates benefit from the NYSC scheme after graduating from the University. Nigerians residing in the North East (90 percent) had more respondents who indicated that the NYSC scheme is beneficial to graduate. Also, respondents who did not participate in the 1-year NYSC program are more (89 percent) than those (80 percent) who have gone through the scheme.



Subsequently, the poll result revealed that monthly allowance (30 percent) is the main benefit of the NYSC scheme as mentioned by 30 percent of the respondents who indicated that there are benefits from the scheme. Other mentions include intercultural relationships (17 percent), self-development (12 percent), promotes national unity (10 percent), and access to various opportunities amongst other benefits.



Furthermore, when asked about the government’s use of corps members as Adhoc staff during elections, a majority of the respondents (57 percent) agreed with the government’s use of corps members as Adhoc electoral officers during elections in the country.

On the other hand, 32 percent of the respondents disagreed with the government’s use of corps members as Adhoc staff whereas 11 percent did not have a definite opinion on the topic as they neither agree nor disagree with the use of corps members as Adhoc staff during elections.



With regards to a bill to scrap NYSC which is currently being debated in the National Assembly, 52 percent of adult Nigerians claimed that they are not aware that a bill to scrap the scheme is being debated in the National Assembly. On the contrary, 48 percent acknowledged awareness of the bill being debated in the National Assembly.



The poll further revealed that respondents who are aware of this bill are mostly Nigerians (65 percent) who have participated in the scheme in the past. Also, there are more graduates (61 percent) than non-graduates (38 percent) who are aware of the bill in the National Assembly.

Regardless of awareness, when respondents were asked if they support or oppose the scrapping of the NYSC, the poll result revealed that 80 percent of adult Nigerians do not support the scrapping of the NYSC scheme. Analysis by geo-political zone revealed that there are more Nigerians from the North-East zone (88 percent) who made that assertion. Contrarily, 13 percent of the respondents support the scrapping of the scheme while 7 percent neither support nor oppose the bill.

It is worthy to note that analysis by educational status shows that there are more non-graduates (83 percent) than graduates (78 percent) who do not support the scrapping of NYSC. Likewise, there is a large proportion of respondents (84 percent) who did not participate in the scheme yet do not support that it should be scrapped.



Further probing revealed that out of the 80 percent, a larger proportion of adult Nigerians (30 percent) who do not support the scrapping of the NYSC scheme believe that the scheme encourages cultural integration. While 27 percent consider it to be an avenue for exposure and self-development, 17 percent believe it helps the youths in various ways. Other reasons include gaining work experience (11 percent), adaptation (10 percent), and completing the educational process.



Of the 13 percent who supports the scrapping of the scheme, 56 percent mentioned security challenges as the main reason why they want the NYSC to be scrapped. While 24 percent stated that the scheme has no benefit, 10 percent say it is of no use as well as a meager 6 percent who mentioned that the welfare packages are very poor.



When asked: if the NYSC were to be modified, what are some of the changes you would like to see? The finding revealed that 24 percent of adult Nigerians would like the scheme to be modified in such a system that the corps members get employed immediately after their service year. This is closely followed by 23 percent who mentioned that corps members should be posted for the 1-year scheme within their geopolitical locations.

In addition, 13 percent were concerned about the specialization of the graduates as they stated that corps members should be posted to organizations relevant to their discipline. it is also, worthy to note that 1 in 10 adult Nigerians (10 percent) clearly mentioned that the 1-year national service should be modified to be made optional.



Conclusion

In conclusion, the poll has revealed that most Nigerians do not support the scrapping of the NYSC scheme mainly due to cultural integration. Asides the 83 percent assertion that the scheme has met its objectives of fostering National Unity in the country, 83 percent also believe that graduates do benefit from the scheme. Some of those benefits include monthly allowance (30 percent), intercultural relationship (17 percent), and self-development (12 percent) amongst other benefits.

Finally, 24 percent of adult Nigerians would like the scheme to be modified in such a way that the corps members get employed immediately after their service year. Therefore, rather than scrapping it, the government and concerned stakeholders should laisse with private companies and organizations to gainfully employ a certain percentage of Youth Corpers after completing their service year. These are some of the key findings from the NYSC poll conducted in the week commencing 12th July 2021.

Survey Methods

The opinion poll was conducted in the week commencing, July 12th, 2021. It involved telephone interviews of a proportionate nationwide sample of 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical regions and 36 states and the FCT of the country. Interviews were conducted in 5 languages – Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Pidgin English, and English. Although we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained were statistically precise – within a margin of error of plus or minus 4.65%; we recognize that the exclusive use of telephone polling has its limitation of excluding non-phone-owning Nigerians.

Nonetheless, with the country’s teledensity put over 100 percent by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), we consider our telephone polling approach appropriate. Also, given the rigorous scientific process of randomization and stratification applied, we can confidently stand by the validity of our methodology and approach.


Source: https://noi-polls.com/cultural-integration-exposure-and-self-development-main-reason-80-percent-of-adult-nigerians-do-not-support-scrapping-of-the-national-youth-service-corps-nysc/

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by vanbonattel: 8:02pm On Oct 11
Why should illiterates that probably didn't go to school be voting for NYSC issue?

This country is useless.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Blue3k(m): 8:08pm On Oct 11
vanbonattel:
Why should illiterates that probably didn't go to school be voting for NYSC issue?

This country is useless.

The results would be the same either way. The vast majority of Nigerians want this institution to exist for a paycheck after graduating and to foster inter cultural relations.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by vanbonattel: 8:10pm On Oct 11
Blue3k:


The results would be the same either way. The vast majority of Nigerians want this institution to exist for a paycheck after graduating and to foster inter cultural relations.
The only people that will support the endangering of our youths are only those who are not educated enough to understand how deadly the northern part b of Nigeria is.

Inter cultural relationships my left bumbum

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Blue3k(m): 8:16pm On Oct 11
vanbonattel:

The only people that will support the endangering of our youths are only those who are not educated enough to understand how deadly the northern part b of Nigeria is.

Inter cultural relationships my left bumbum

You mean 80% of graduates and 83% of Nigerian adults surveyed. Break it down by region the states drop to 70% on average in the south.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by StaffofOrayan(m): 8:17pm On Oct 11
Nigeria and this crazy unity talk!

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by vanbonattel: 8:20pm On Oct 11
Blue3k:


You mean 80% of graduates and 83% of Nigerian adults surveyed. Break it down by region the states drop to 70% on average in the south.

Stop sweating, if there were any gains of NYSC since the past 40 years, buharri erased them all in 6 short years.

Students shouldn't be sent to war zones where they will be kidnapped in the north.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Blue3k(m): 8:23pm On Oct 11
vanbonattel:


Stop sweating, if there were any gains of NYSC since the past 40 years, buharri erased them all in 6 short years.

Students shouldn't be sent to war zones where they will be kidnapped in the north.

Who's sweating, I just told you the facts? I'm not sending anyone and nobody is forced to participate in the scheme. I dont even care for it my self even if it's safe. Its waste of time and money. People should just raise there kids better and travel and experience Nigeria on your own dime.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Damidave1124(m): 6:35am On Oct 12
Majority will support NYSC because of the stipend they are being paid. I've seen those who are not qualified because of their age doing all sort of things just to go to NYSC.

Since unemployment abound in Nigeria, NYSC will afford some people the opportunity to earn for the main time. It's only people who are well to do, but very few will want the program scrapped.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by chigoziri2403(m): 6:37am On Oct 12
This survey was conducted by NYSC ON NYSC STAFF, Very skewed
The results doesn't mirror the mind of the populace

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Sonnobax15(m): 6:37am On Oct 12
lipsrsealed
After passing through hell in any NIGERIAN higher institution for good five years, someone will now come out and say he wanna scrape out the only source of enjoyment wey be just for one year after surviving those years.....E no go fit work na undecided

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by BlowYourMind: 6:37am On Oct 12
Where is the poll conducted, I guess it was done by the same idiots benefiting from the NYSC scam scheme, what rubbish, which adults that doesn't know their right from their left is voting rubbish.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by somebody02: 6:37am On Oct 12
But we can remodel it.
The current model is still the same as it when it was established, with some loopholes still getting exploited.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by ATEAMS: 6:37am On Oct 12
“People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.”

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by inoki247: 6:38am On Oct 12
This crop of Youth wey dey outside now see NYSC as achievement....


I see people doing different photoshoot and posting it on status, social media and start congratulating them sef lik they won some Throphy or dey won dem sef multi billion dollar contract...

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by adexbols: 6:39am On Oct 12
THIS STATISTICS CANNOT BE THE TRUTH

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by dosage150(m): 6:39am On Oct 12
Currently a corp member
Let everyone serve in his or her state,
Nigeria is messed up,
We live in fear in an environment we don't even understand their language.



Meanwhile Enugu state is paying #850
Am yet to understand

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Charisma01: 6:43am On Oct 12
Only people from privileged homes who are insensitive and spoiled would want the nysc scrapped.
The nysc sustains graduates after graduation, gives you a little working experience where one would be searching for a job, and some also have gotten permanent jobs when they are retained.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Elsueno: 6:45am On Oct 12
I & all my friends did not vote or know about this survey.

NYSC is a scam!! Youths should just be paid the half of d money from camp feeding & uniform sewing. Then thier full NYSC allowee for d 12 month. Am sure it will be almost a million naira. it's enough to start a business.

There is no unity bullshyt, all it does is turns like 70% of d girls involved into oloshos starting from d camp days


Remember, if kidnappers nab coper NYSC said they should contact their parents & relatives. Not NYSC

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Archangels2(m): 6:47am On Oct 12
When was this survey conducted?? Hogwash. Nysc should be scrapped. People can't live on 30k per month anymore. Coupled with the increased kidnapping of corp members plus the inter state road deaths too I see no reason why it should still stand.

If I have my way my relations would never travel to that terror prone north. Please scrap it

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Mossadd: 6:48am On Oct 12
Nysc is good for 2 fundamental things first that 33k monthly stipend and second free sex for sure nigga

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by fasho01(m): 6:48am On Oct 12
At least there's a guaranteed source of income for that 1 year after school. Asides that, I feel the aim has been defeated as it no longer promotes cultural integration, rather more division

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Kimjongun: 6:50am On Oct 12
Mad people, when was the survey conducted? Survey that they manipulated.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Afriqan: 6:53am On Oct 12
The poll must have been done by NYSC itself for them to have come to that silly conclusion.

The only thing NYSC has done is endagering young lives and creating discrimination between full time and part time graduates.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by Kokaine(m): 6:54am On Oct 12
Blue3k:


The results would be the same either way. The vast majority of Nigerians want this institution to exist for a paycheck after graduating and to foster inter cultural relations.
unfortunately there is still so much intertribal hate.
Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by telim: 6:54am On Oct 12
NYSC should have being stop or converted to a compulsory skill acquisition scheme. I dont know why Nigerians love wasting there time on un productive things.

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by olaboy33(m): 6:56am On Oct 12
I feel Nysc should not be scrapped.

It has suitably evolved from just cultural integration to a work experience scheme for the youths of Nigeria.

Many got retained in their PPAs while many were able to get good jobs from the work experience they garnered during NYSC.

Also, many secondary students in the rural parts of the country have benefited from the knowledge of the corps members posted to their school. You would be surprised at the mediocre level of the teachers in these rural schools.

I'm still in close and frequent contact with the students I taught during my NYSC many years ago offering assistance when needed.

Aside from the security aspect which can be easily solved by blacklisting states with high security risks, I see no reason why it should be scapped.

Not to talk of the 33k wink

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Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by frankson1(m): 6:58am On Oct 12
vanbonattel:


Stop sweating[b], if there were any gains of NYSC since the past 40 years, buharri erased them all in 6 short years. [/b]

Students shouldn't be sent to war zones where they will be kidnapped in the north.




How did he erase them when the NYSC DG have power to suspended postings to troubled zones in the North.

Besides, I'm very sure you are aware that we started hearing of increase in allowance during the last administration which never happen. The N33k monthly allowance was approved and implemented by the same man who has "erased all the gains" NYSC made.
Re: NYSC: Why Over 80% Of Nigerian Adults Don't Support Scrapping The Programme by philipstanley(m): 6:59am On Oct 12
Rubbish

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