NYSC Talk and Debate

Format: Interactive talk involving 5 panellists and online interaction. There will be opportunities for questions and answers from audience (on site and online)

Venue: Loughborough University. There will be live broadcast on the internet for online viewers. There will also be a tweet broadcast using a hashtag. The video and tweet broadcast will enable Nigerians from all over the world to participate and ask questions.

Proposed Date:  February 2016

Collaborators: NutsandBoltsNG and Nigeria Society, Loughborough University

Moderator: Sam Ubido (President, Nigeria Society, Loughborough University)

Panellists: Dipo Awojide, Chika Amadi, John Akinwamide, 3 others (more info coming)

Deliverable: A paper would be developed from this forum and posted online.  Paper will be developed by Dr Akin Adetutu; Dr Ayodeji Akiwowo; Dr Sola Afolabi

The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) was established in post-Civil War (1967-1970) Nigeria in order to, among other things, “raise the moral tone” of Nigerian youths, make them “more amenable to mobilisation in the national interest”, inculcate a sense of patriotism, and promote national unity.

Today, the question of the relevance of the NYSC is widely debated. It is not uncommon to find graduates scheming to influence their NYSC postings to ‘desirable states’. The poor network of infrastructure in Nigeria is also a major problem. Many NYSC members have lost their lives due to road accidents during this period. The same can be said of state of insecurity especially in the North-East part of Nigeria.

On the other hand, many graduates have received permanent job offers during their NYSC programme. Some have gone on to start thriving businesses in their respective states of primary assignments. To this group, the NYSC is a brilliant idea which must continue.

The aim of this talk is to bring various groups together to discuss the pros and cons of this programme. The panellists are stakeholders who have either gone through the NYSC programme or are planning on going through the programme. The talk also aims to formally bring the discussion to the open and provide a platform for Nigerians across the world (via online transmission) to share their views.

A formal paper will be developed at the end of this talk. The paper will highlight the views of Nigerians as regards the NYSC and will be made available for free online.

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