Mixed reactions trail deleting of NYSC decree from 1999 Constitution

Some Nigerians in Abuja have expressed mixed feelings on the deleting of the National Youth Service Corps Decree from the 1999 Constitution.

The development came up in the recent Senate review and consideration of 33 Bills for passage.

The bills are contained in the report of the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on the review of the 1999 Constitution.

while some welcome the development, others expressed concern about its consequences in the lives of youths and national development.

Ene Ede, Gender Advisor, National Democratic Institute, said the development would allow the democratic process to become more participatory, inclusive, accessible and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people.

Ede also said that it would prevent rigidity within the domain of parliamentarians who the citizens were not sure had their common interest at heart.

Abdulrazak Salawu, the NYSC, FCT Coordinator, said deleting the decree guiding the NYSC from the 1999 constitution would expose the scheme to unnecessary dangers.

Salawu said it was because the NYSC decree was in the constitution that allowed it to be sustained through the years, making it grow and evolve in its activities, including addressing youth unemployment.

He urged the NASS not to toy with the NYSC decree.

Salawu said altering the constitution would give room for individuals and groups to ‘toy’ with.

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