President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of scrapping the National Youth Service Corps as being suggested in some quarters.
This was just as the NYSC management was considering the option of.....making the scheme voluntary in order to reduce the intake of corps members.
There had been calls for the scrapping of the scheme since the outbreak of insurgency in parts of the country.
Insurgency had claimed the lives of some corps members in the northern parts of the country.
Proponents of the scrapping of the scheme had been arguing that the NYSC had outlived its usefulness.
But a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as pledging that his administration would take all necessary actions to maintain and improve the scheme as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.
Adesina said the President gave the assurance after receiving a briefing from officials of the Ministry of Youth Development led by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta.
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