More than 2,600 Nigerian students who graduated from the country's universities this year, on Monday (2 July), began one year of compulsory service, under the national youth service programme.
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Background: More than 2,600 Nigerian students who graduated from the country's universities this year, on Monday (2 July), began one year of compulsory service, under the national youth service programme.
To launch the scheme in Lagos, the State Governor, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, addressed a meeting of the founding members of the Lagos Youth Service Corps.
Brigadier Johnson told the corps members that the introduction of the scheme "has stopped young graduates from parading the streets looking for jobs..."; and he warned that "the success or failure of this programme depends entirely on you".
He believed that the scheme would succeed, because the U.S. Peace Corps scheme had succeeded, and "I see no reason" said the Brigadier, "why our youths as Nigerians cannot do the same right here on our soil to help in rural areas."
The scheme was introduced by Nigeria's military ruler, General Gowon, earlier this year after students had gone on strike and rioted against the government. A statement at the time the scheme was introduced said that the aim "is to inculcate discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and, of patriotic and loyal service to the nation in any situation they may find themselves".
During the call-up period the graduates are assigned to jobs in rural areas other than their states of origin. They are being paid living allowances of approximately 120 Naira (GBP 72 Sterling) per month.
SYNOPSIS: At the City Hall in Lagos on Monday the National Youth Service Programme for Lagos was launched. Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, Lagos State Governor, addressed a meeting of graduates.
The graduates are the founding members of the National Youth Corps. All Nigerian students are now required to undertake one year's rural service.
Brigadier Johnson told the meeting that the introduction of the scheme "has stopped young graduates from parading the streets looking for jobs" and he felt confident that the scheme would be a great success since American students in the Peace Corps had proved that useful work could be done in rural areas by skilled young people.
The scheme was introduced earlier this year by Nigeria's military ruler General Gowon, after students had gone on strike and rioted against the government. The scheme is intended to inculcate Nigerian students with the virtues of discipline, industry and patriotism.