The Education Rights campaign (ERC), Ondo State Chapter, has faulted an alleged plan to reduce the number of graduates to be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme. In its statement, signed by Owoyomi Damilola Owot, on Wednesday, ERC claims Nnamdi Azikwe Universty, on 4 of October, had scaled down from 2,314 graduates to 894 graduates for mobilisation. It similarly cited ‘Bowen University as having minimised its graduates eligible for the scheme from 956 to 367, and the Obafemi Awolowo University (ACE ONDO extension inclusive), from 5,000 graduates to less than 1,500 students’.
The organisation says it demands full mobilisation of all eligible graduates for the scheme.
However, the ERC says the law establishing the scheme be amended to make the scheme optional for graduates.
“We therefore demand an amendment to the Act setting up the NYSC to make it a voluntary service instead of a mandatory scheme. This is necessary to ensure that those who do not wish to serve, regardless of whether or not they have attained the age of 30, can easily be exempted so they can proceed with their life”, it said. The ERC also demanded an increment in the allowances paid to scheme participants in view of the current economic recession facing the country. Education Rights Campaign (ERC)