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On This Day: The NYSC Scheme was Created

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On this day: in history (1973), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was created as an avenue for the reconciliation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of the nation after the civil war. It was established based on decree No. 24 that stated that the scheme was created “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity.”

To be eligible to participate in the compulsory one year service, a graduate must be below or not above the age of 30 years upon graduation, or else he/she will be given a Certificate of Exemption, which is also equivalent to the NYSC Discharge Certificate.
NYSC is compulsory in the sense that the graduates of the country can’t request an exemption by themselves, unless they are disabled, have served in the military or paramilitary for a period of more than one year or are older than 30 when they graduated. Part-time graduates (CEP) are given exemptions, since they’re not allowed to serve.

Ahmadu Ali served as the first Director-General of the NYSC until 1975.

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