History of NYSC in Nigeria: When NYSC Started & Purpose

When did NYSC Start in Nigeria?

NYSC, known as National Youth Service Corps is a Nigerian organization which was established by the Nigerian government to engage fresh Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions in national development. The NYSC scheme was set up “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”.

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During the early years after Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain, the country was filled with so much strife and tribal segregation that the Nigerian government of that time sought to foster unity among every Nigerian, starting with the youths through a programme that removed cultural and geographical bias.

After the Nigerian-Biafran civil war, the Federal Military Government, under the leadership of General Yakubu Gowon, set out to rebuild the Nigeria through a programme which was known as the 3R’s- Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation.

How NYSC Started in Nigeria

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The programme to rebuild Nigeria, known that time as Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation, which constituted the 3R’s helped set up the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on May 22, 1973. The scheme was established under Decree no. 24 as a way of meeting those 3R’s goals and to encourage and develop healthy common ties among Nigerian youths while promoting national unity, all aimed at a stronger Nigeria in the nearest future.

The NYSC scheme was established such that graduates of Nigerian tertiary institutions are deployed to a state in Nigeria other than their state of origin or sometimes, their state of residence for a compulsory one year of service to their fatherland. The one year service is usually called National service year. At the start of the national service year, the fresh graduates are sent to a three-week orientation camp with military dispositions, after which they are then posted to their places of primary assignment for the remaining ten months of the national service year.

Successful completion of the National Service year is recognised with a certificate of national service, known also as NYSC discharge certificate and with this, graduates are eligible for employment in Nigeria.

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  1. Nysc was established by general yakubu gowon to promote peace among youths and it also helped in the development of the three R’s which are rehabilitation,reconstruction and reconciliation
    Lagos Group A (23)

  2. The establishment of NYSC to Nigeria is nice because it helps us to serve our fathers land and it makes us standout amongst other African countries and makes us know the diversity of other people’s culture due to the fact that they are being posted to other part of the country (Nigeria)…85

  3. Agina Gloria Ebele

    NYSC is a programme meant to reconstruct,rehabilitate, reconcile and encourage national unity among the Nigerian youths inorder to make nigeria a better place.quiz no: 07

  4. Iloegbunam Emily Ebele

    The National Youth Service Corps… One of the tools or instruments used in promoting self reliance, and enhancing ones experience on various cultures and also to stregthen national unity amongst our youths eligible for the “one year service.”
    Quiz No:51

  5. The NYSC scheme was establish by general Yakubu Gowon such that graduate of Nigerian tertiary institution are deployed to a State in Nigeria other than their State Of origin or sometimes, their State of residence for a compulsory one year of Service to their fatherland .And also with a view of proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of natural unity. quiz no:19 group:12 Name :Nwokedi Judith Elochukwu. Reg no:2015304002.

  6. The Nysc scheme was set up”with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”.(83)

  7. i thank the federal government for creating an opportunity like this (nysc) that will make people to live their state of origin and visit any state and through that they will meet people from different tribes and relate with them and through that build a very good relationship.

    quiz no 18
    reg no 2015304008.
    group no 12

  8. the national youth service corps (NYSC) has
    contributed alot in our country by promoting integration ,cultures relationships among virous tribes such as igbo Hausa Yoruba Ijaw etc 2016054004 (quiz no 20)

  9. i have been anxious to know about the establishment of the NYSC.i thought it was the coming together of graduate only.
    this write-up has given me the knowledge that the government established it under decree no. 24 and for the purpose of unity of different ties. and with the certificate you will be able to acquire a job.

    reg no:2016054036
    quiz no:11
    group 1

  10. the establishment of the NYSC has helped so many youth.it is just now I have the knowledge that it was establish under the decree no. 24.
    it has truly helped in uniting the people of Nigeria, thanks to the government

  11. truly,i list had a full knowledge on the formation of NYSC.with this write-up I am aware that it was establish by the government under the decree no. 24.for the purpose of unity in Nigeria.

    reg no:2016054010
    quiz no:129
    group 10

  12. Okagbue Cynthia C

    Nice one

  13. kudose to the federal government for providing an opportunity like this for the youth form different tribes.it is a medium through which they interact,serve their nation and through that build a stronger relationship with others .

    reg no:2016054018
    quiz no;:105
    group 5

  14. sincerely, this write-up has given knowledge on the establishment of the NYSC.the government has used this medium to help the youths and it has brought unity to Nigeria.

    reg no:2016054034
    quiz no:79
    group 11

  15. When I hear NYSC the first thing that comes to my mind is to serve Nigeria our fathers land I never knew the agenda behind it was to bring the country together by using graduates as link…its so cool. how I wish lots of people will read this and be reminded that the peace of Nigeria is in there hands

  16. When I hear NYSC the first thing that comes to my mind is to serve Nigeria our fathers land I never knew the agenda behind it was to bring the country together by using graduates as link…its so cool. how I wish lots of people will read this and be reminded that the peace of Nigeria is in there hands. (group 15 number 1)

  17. Nysc is very important because it is one of the key success to unity in Nigeria which help both in cultural and geographical bais ,with this government should help in maintaining the union in other to keep them moving. Quiz no:(02),reg 2016054065,group two

  18. It’s aims and objective of establishment are truly nationalistic and deserves continuous practice. But then, the objective of coherent unity among the various peoples of the nation has not yet been fulfilled. QUIZ NO. 146. Dike Nzube.

  19. NYSC a good structural organization established by the government to bring oneness and unity between tribes and ethic groups in the country..It is a good development founded by the former head of state to unit Nigerians as one nation where by copers go to different states to learn their culture and serve their country (group 15 number 2)

  20. I think if NYSC has being before the Nigeria/Biafra war it wouldn’t have successful. The Sole reason of the program is to foster unity among Nigerian Youth. Quizno138

  21. Okeke chioma Onyinye

    kudos to the federal government how they initiated this nysc it through that, the youths will live their state of origin to another state where they will meet with other youths interact with them and through that they will build a strong relationship that will help our country in future.

    quiz no 112
    group 8

  22. Onwusereaka Rejoice kelechi

    Kudos to the federal government for creating opportunities like this for youth from different tribes in Nigeria to come together, build a better and stronger relationship and also promote unity in our nation Nigeria.

    quiz no 115,Reg no 2016054018,group5

  23. Obiegbu Onyinye Patricia

    The federal government use the nysc to promote the youth and bring all the tribes in Nigeria to promote love among the tribes and also create jobs for our graduates and the community at large
    Regular no 2015304007
    Quiz no 132
    Group 12

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