National Youth Services Corps (NYSC)
“Youths obey the clarion call
Let us lift our nation high
Under the sun or in the rain
With dedication, and selflessness
Nigeria is ours, Nigeria we serve…”
That’s the first stanza of the NYSC anthem, and we recited it every morning of everyday of the 3 week period spent at the NYSC orientation camp, except Sundays of course.
The NYSC was established by decree No. 24 on 22nd May in 1973 in a bid to reconcile and reconstruct Nigeria after the civil war of that time, and it was established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity.” (The National Youth Service Corps Decree No. 24 which has now been repealed and replaced by Decree 51 of 16th June in 1993, was then formally promulgated).
The vision of the NYSC can be summed up as the development of a scheme that is dynamic enough to meet new challenges and become the leading light of youth organizations in Africa. Its mission is to mobilise and groom graduate youths for the purpose of National unity, sustainable development, self reliance, and prepare them for the challenges of leadership.