NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim says corps members can be mobilised for war, if need be.
The NYSC scheme is mandatory for all Nigerians, who graduated before the age of thirty.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation course in camp, the corps members are moulded, they are like soldiers. You can see female corp members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band”
“So if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So corps members are on reserve, they are also part of the national defence policy.
Ibrahim also stated that NYSC scheme is concerned about the security of corps members and that is why corps members are advised to avoid night movement.
He also said that the NYSC scheme had become relevant than ever before in the face of calls for the scrapping of the scheme.
He said some ex-corps members found love during their service year, which led to marriage, adding that he had personally attended a couple of such weddings.