By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The House of Representatives on Tuesday said it would investigate the reported undue reduction in the quota of students to be mobilized annually for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The resolution followed a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Reps. Raphael Igbokwe (PDP-Imo) and Babatunde Kolawole (APC-Ondo), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
Moving the motion, Igbokwe expressed concern that NYSC had released a circular to mobilizing tertiary institutions to reduce their quota by almost 70 per cent.
He noted that the 2016 budget made provision for call-up of corps members with a shortfall of more than 50,000 students.
“The NYSC introduced three batches of NYSC to reduce the backlog of students due for National Youths Service Scheme,’’, he said, adding that the corps furthered reduced the batches to two.
The lawmaker said that the quota reduction would cause untold hardship on graduated students, if no action was taken.
In his remarks, Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Youth Development to investigate the matter and report back to the house within one week.