In­no­cent Micheal, 24, Nasarawa

Weekly Trust - - Voxpop -

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.

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