National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be extended to two years, and members be allowed to undergo military as part of the country’s efforts to combat insecurity, says Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
NYSC which runs for a year was designed by the Nigerian government in 1973 to encourage nation-building among graduates.
But the governor believes that an extension of the duration would better equip graduates with self-defense techniques especially at a time like this when national insecurity is now rife.
“The NYSC I will say should be two years. One year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle the gun and defend himself,” he said.
“Just as it is done in Israel, Lebanon, etc, you must engage your citizens to be proactive. When you cannot provide security, you must allow the people to protect themselves.”