NYSC Should Be Extended To Two Years, Members Should Undergo Military Training, Says Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, have stated that  as part of the country’s efforts to fight insecurity, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be extended to two years, and members be allowed to undergo military.

This he said during the Wednesday edition of Politics Today on Channels Television. Adding that the first year of the two years extension should come with intense military training.

Nation building among Nigerian graduates was and is still the core value of the NYSC which runs for a year and was created by the Nigerian government in 1973.

At a time like this when insecurity is on the increase in the nation, the governor believes that prolonging the duration of NYSC would better equip graduates with self-defence techniques.

 “The NYSC I will say should be two years. One year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle the gun and defend himself,” he said.

“Just as it is done in Israel, Lebanon, etc, you must engage your citizens to be proactive. When you cannot provide security, you must allow the people to protect themselves.”

Reacting to the insurgence and banditry in the Northeast and Northwest regions of Nigeria, the governor noted that he has frequently asked security agents to reveals the sponsors of the criminals.

The governor also reacted to the insurgency and banditry that have ravaged the northeast and northwest regions of the country, noting he has repeatedly asked security agencies who the sponsors of the criminal elements are. Adding that the issue of insurgency has political undertones.

Nigeria as a country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade with thousands killed and hundreds of others displaced.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

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