Reps probe reduction in NYSC quota for tertiary institutions

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By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja.
The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the alleged reduction in the quota of students due to be mobilized for the yearly National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme by tertiary educational institutions.
This followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Raphael Igbokwe and Babatunde Kolawole which was unanimously adopted by members.
Igbokwe who moved the motion expressed concern that the NYSC had released a circular to mobilizing institutions to reduce their quota by almost 70 per cent, adding that the 2016 budget made provision for call up of Corp members with a shortfall of about 50,000 students.
“The NYSC introduced three batches of NYSC to reduce the backlog of students due for National Youths Service Scheme. NYSC further reduced the batch to two yearly, ” he noted.
He also expressed concern that the reduction in the quota of students to be mobilized would cause untold hardship on graduated students, if no action was taken.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has therefore mandated the committee on Youth Development to investigate the matter and report back within a week.

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