Innocent Micheal, 24, Nasarawa
The scheme is very stressful. It’s like a distraction or a diversion for many youths. For example, before I went for Service I made more than N50,000 in my shop, had openings in consultancy work and so on. There was no limit to my travels. Now, I am only limited to the local government I was posted to. I earn N19, 000 when I have bills to pay. I am supposed to take care of myself, my spouse and younger siblings. The money can’t meet half of my needs, and if I try to break out, my stay will be extended.
There are many youths out there like me and I have chatted with them. If at the end of the day there is a promising job after Service, it would have been interesting. But there isn’t. This means after a wasteful year, you go back to your base with nothing and start from the scratch. At this point, you would have lost your clients. If only the government can increase the pay or assure us of jobs after NYSC, then it would be better.