6 January 2013

Nigeria: NYSC - Women Group Advocates Zoning for Participants

The National Council of Women's Societies (NCWS) has advocated for zoning of participants of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The group also urged the National Assembly to allow for the review of the scheme in the ongoing 1999 Constitution review to include skill acquisition for young graduates in the country.

This position was contained in it's memorandum of the Osun State chapter of the group and signed by one of its members, Alhaja Olaide Eseola, which was recently submitted in Lagos State to the South-West Senate Committee on Constitution Review.

The group maintained that the purpose for which the scheme was established had been defeated, following the incessant attacks on corps members in some part of the country.

The Memorandum Noted, "The NYSC should henceforth serve in the various political zones in reference to the evil occurrence of killing, of the NYSC participants in year 2011 elections. The goal and objectives of the NYSC should be reviewed to inculcate skill acquisition for young graduates"

The group further advocated for the total removal of immunity clause for the executive president, governors and their deputies in the proposed constitution review, saying no one is above the law and it will enable the political office holders to have sense of accountability to the electorate.

NCWS then called for the gender balance in governance in the new constitution.

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