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NYSC Year should be devoted to Farming – Youth Group advises Buhari



President Buhari with his recent graduate children

President Buhari with his recent graduate children

A civil society organisation, the Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO), Lagos Chapter, has suggested that the one year for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme be devoted to farming.

The Coordinator of BYO, Abdul-Waheed Odunuga, made the call at a Stakeholders’ Forum on the state of the nation on Tuesday in Lagos, adding that it was also a service to the nation by youths.

Odunuga said that the present structure of the NYSC scheme had lost its purpose and needed to be restructured for effective diversification from oil to agriculture.

“The state and federal governments can create farms where many of the youth can both serve and learn from the vast potential and opportunities in agriculture.

This will also be an opportunity to build and revamp the economy of the nation through an effective diversification plan to agriculture,” he said.

Odunuga also decried the under utilisation of the state and federal governments employment and empowerment programmes by unemployed youths.

He said,

“It is unfortunate that the rate of unemployment is on the increase in spite of the numerous empowerment programmes by the federal government and some state governments.

We have so many skills acquisition centres but you hardly find people, especially the youth participating in the trainings.

Artisans no longer have apprentices to train like we see in the past because our youths prefer to make quick money rather than bend their heads to learn a trade or skill to become economically empowered.”

Odunuga said that BYO had been mobilising youth in the state, carrying out leadership training and empowerment programmes as well as agricultural projects as way of complementing government’s efforts.

According to him, the youth are not just the future leaders of the nation, but the present and true representation of what the future holds for the nation.

Photo Credit: Presidency

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  1. Ethio

    July 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    leave the old man, instead he’ll be allotting billions towards oil exploration in the chad basin. this right here is great sense!we have more than enough neglected resources in this country yet he’ll choose fighting his enemies and tribalism over moving this country forward

  2. Traumatised

    July 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Great idea! Zara and her siblings should be assigned plots to farm first. Buhari should lead by example for once in his tenure. I served in Bayelsa and I’m still traumatised, fair should be fair.

  3. adetoun

    July 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    You are a very unwise person to have sat down and thought of such wickedness. Did you dedicate your NYSC days farming?

  4. 6!!

    July 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    What in the world?!
    “It is unfortunate that the rate of unemployment is on the increase in spite of the numerous empowerment programmes by the federal government and some state governments…” Were you paid to say this?,
    Please dedicate your group to farming seeing that you would like it to be integral in your lives.
    People that have families to carter for will go ahead to do so in the various sectors legally permissible and pretend you didn’t come out to say this rubbish.

  5. Iris

    July 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    In 2016, subsistence famine is what they think will take the county forward. Thank God everyone I know has finished NYSC. Then later they’ll wonder why young people are fleeing the country to find opportunities that will utilise their talent. The first step to encouraging the prosperity of new graduates is scrapping NYSC but it inflates many wallets so they won’t do it.

  6. Bey

    July 19, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    When his kids go for d farming, den I will believe dis crap.
    My parents have said if my junior broda gets posted to d North, he won’t be going for NYSC. They shld even scrap d bloody thing. NYSC camp was d worst experience of my life. Stayed there 5days and ran. Withn dat 5days I became blackkkkk, and must have lost like 5kg.

    • X

      July 20, 2016 at 5:59 am white?

  7. Do you even have a brain?

    July 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    May the wrath of God find you.and deal with you in a way you truly deserve.

    Sensible people are voting for the end of this foolish scheme, idiots like you are proposing farming.

    May your children who spent 6-10years in a Nigerian university throw away their certificates and farm in your village forever.



    A very frustrated Ogun Corper

  8. youngnelson

    July 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Life is all about choice you can’t force someone to do what he or she don’t want its not going to be interesting for the if i have my way is either NYSC is scrapped or you let me choose whether to go or not.

  9. Puzzles

    July 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Wow, see comments o.

    Is farming such a bad thing?!!! People like OBJ and his son-in-law are making their money from the farming you all so despise.

    The “white collar” jobs are scarce now o. People are losing their jobs everyday. Oil no longer pays. Nigeria needs another source of revenue and fast.

    I think this is a good idea. At least, some corpers would come out with skills necessary in agriculture

  10. ray

    July 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Whoever said this.. may God punish him or them. Buhari’s kids just graduated from school abroad. Let them start the farming job first. e no go better for people wey want others to suffer.

  11. Guest

    July 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I am not surprised that such thrash could be spewed from a Nigerian “youth”. This is what you get from graduates who can’t think. A sensible youth with the opportunity of running an organisation as the BYO should be in the forefront demanding for increased and sustainable welfare packages for youths – soft loans for graduates with realizable proposals, the re-opening of closed universities, mandatory internships of science undergraduates in reputable firms, increased scholarships and bursaries for undergraduates and postgraduates in Nigerian universities, a total overhauling of the NYSC scheme to better reflect the trend of globalization, increased participation of youths in governance and problem solving, increased platforms for youth empowerment giving such youths the opportunity to learn responsibility, air their views, understand corporate governance and also demand accountability from government at all levels etc. I expect such an organization as the BYO to be a watchdog reminding the government of their campaign promises and holding them accountable. I expect such an organization to be in the vanguard of securing government’s commitment to funding postgraduate studies for university scholars with the guarantee of returning to buoy our staff strength and expertise in tertiary institutions. Such a body as the BYO is supposed to be in the forefront warning the government of the dangers of neglecting STEMS courses. They are supposed to be there instigating the government to sponsor competitions and exhibitions for secondary school students such as JETS and STAN organized competitions. They are supposed to fight for improved rewards for winners of these competitions that should out-match rewards received from “unfortunate” programmes such as Maltina Dance competition, Nigerian Idol etc. But what do you get from people such as Abdul-Waheed Odunuga – sycophancy, irrational talks, gross ignominy etc. These are the products of a failed NIGERIAN YOUTH. They(he) have(has) sacrificed whatever value(s) they(he) had on the altars of Naira and survival. I might not be wrong to say they are YOU and ME. One obviously cannot shy away from the relevance of agriculture to the nation’s economy, survival and growth. However, we must not forget the place of well equipped youths and an enabling system which can only be realized when Nigerian Youths begin to think! Until we start having Youths who would get into the university/colleges/polytechnics and seriously face their studies without having social media and nonesense compete for their time, engage in constructive activities while on campus, develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, graduate and have a mindset bent on value adding/delivery/acquisition, we would have to do with Abdul-Waheed Odunaga!

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