Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau on Tuesday advocated for the extension of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service to two years to allow for military training.
“The youth corps members are supposed to receive military training for a year so that when they are through, they can be useful to the society, “ Jang said during a courtesy visit by the Minister of Youths Development, Mr. Inuwa Abdullahi.
Jang said that one year service was not enough, therefore “we need to re-evaluate it and improve on it to include proper military training“.
He criticized the situation whereby after the service, youths had nothing, adding that it called for proper guardian counseling.
“Youths are supposed to be counseled right from secondary school before they enter the university so that they can read courses that will give them a future. More than 70 per cent of our university students are reading humanities while the remaining 30 per cent are science students.
“Nigeria needs to look at the possibility of creating special science and technical schools that could give the youth some hope; meaningful military training during their service will perfect it, “ he said.