– A former military head of state is advocating for the deployment of NYSC members to West African states – Yakubu Gowon said these West African state prefer NYSC members to peace corps and foreign volunteers – According to Gowon, the West African states had always requested that Nigeria post corps members to them to help for teaching, health care and other purposes Yakubu Gowon, a former retired military head of state for Nigeria on Wednesday, July 24, suggested that members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) be deployed to West African states. Gowon while speaking at a workshop on the NYSC Act in Abuja said some West African states had always requested that Nigeria post corps members to them to help for teaching, health care and other purposes. Represented by the pioneer director general of the NYSC, Ahmadu Ali, the former head of state said the West African states preferred corps members to peace corps members or volunteers from the United States.
According to him, at the established the NYSC under Decree No.24 in 1973, the objective was to ensure that Nigeria remained an indivisible entity. He said it was gratifying to note that after 46 years of existence, the scheme had remained very relevant as one of the most enduring national institutions
He said it was gratifying to note that after 46 years of existence, the scheme had remained very relevant as one of the most enduring national institutions. NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Shuaibu, described Gowon’s suggestion as excellent, saying that could only be done by amending the NYSC Act. He said the scheme in the last 46 years had made tremendous impact especially the area of unity and socio-economic development.