Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, has insisted that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme should not be scrapped, but restructured, or made optional, following the death of some corps members in orientation camps across the country recently.
Addressing journalists on activities lined up for the forthcoming 8th convocation of the Ogun State-based university, Ajayi also stressed that corps members must be adequately remunerated.
The vice chancellor said, “Except for the challenges of insecurity, the scheme is still fulfilling the mandate of its establishment. It must be restructured or made optional. For instance I don’t see any reason why corps members should serve in areas they don’t like; and anybody that feels he doesn’t want to serve should not be forced to.”
He praised students of the institution for striving towards academic excellence, adding that it was their determination to excel that made them recorded great successes at state, national and international events, the latest being the first place finish at the Economic Students Inter-Universities Debate Competition, which the University of Lagos hosted, last month.”
The title of the convocation lecture is: “Restructuring and Rebirth: Salvaging Nigeria’s Lost Century,” and will be delivered by Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, former vice chancellor of Caleb University, Lagos.
At the convocation slated for December 14, 2016, a total of 229 students would be awarded bachelor’s degrees, while 30 postgraduate students would be conferred with theirs as well.
Among the graduating students, the vice chancellor said 21 finished in the First Class Division, while 86 students ended their academic sojourn in the Second Class Upper Division, and 75 students bagged second class lower degrees among others.