DPI and #Protectthecorpers announce online conference on NYSC reforms

The calls for action on reforms of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps NYSC will receive another boost on Monday, 10 October as Digital Peers International and #Protect the Corpers will host a twitter conference with the hashtag #Nyscreforms. The Twitter conference which will run from 4pm – 7pm that day will attempt to gather ideas, suggestions and opinions of young people and critical stakeholders on reforming the 38 year old scheme.

In over 38 years of existence, more than 1 million youth across Nigeria have been deployed under the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] scheme. The scheme which was originally set up with the vision to promote national integuration, cross cultural exchange, mutual understanding and service amongst Nigerian youth, has fallen short of its initial ideals. Since its inception in 1973, the decree setting up the National Youth Service Corps has been modified only once through decree 51 of June 1993, Nigeria’s current social realities of unemployment, poverty,
infrastructural challenges and escalating violence has made it imperative to embark upon a reform of the NYSC scheme in order to reposition it to effectively respond to these challenges and contribute to Nation building.

Encouraged by the commitment of the Ministry of Youth and Development towards the reformation of the NYSC, DIGITAL PEERS INTERNATIONAL in collaboration with the #Protectthecorpers Initiative fully intends to discuss crucial points on the overdue NYSC reforms.

The twitter conference is part of a bigger project tagged ‘NYSC reforms and Advocacy project’ which is supported by the World Bank. The primary objective of this project is to gather opinions and ideas of young people around NYSC reforms, develop it into an advocacy document and engage the Government and stakeholders to ensure that the 38 year old institution is
reformed to meet the challenges of today’s Nigeria.

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