The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Wednesday, explained that corp members are reserves that could be used as alternatives to tackle war in Nigeria.
He stated that corp members can be mobilised during a ‘serious war’ as they are part of the national defence policy of Nigeria.
Ibrahim further explained that various trainings undergone by corp members at different orientation camps across the country, has proven that they can be militarily trained for such duties.
He said this during a ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Channels Television.
The Director-General while commenting whether or not the NYSC scheme be scrapped, said the scheme has played major roles in uniting graduates from different ethnic backgrounds.
He added that corp members have been playing vital roles across the country.
According to him, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.
“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”
The NYSC boss mentioned that the scheme has continuously recorded many inter-ethnic marriages by corp members.
“There are a lot of inter-marriages. For most of our females, the history of their marriages can be traced to their service year because they meet their fiancées during their service year. I have had cause to attend such weddings and the NYSC supports such weddings,” he said