NATIONAL YOUTII SERVICE CORPS ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
I. Establishment and objectives of the National Youth Service Corps.
2. Calling-up of members of service corps.
3. Establishment and constitution of the National Directorate.
4. Principal functions ofthe Directorate.
5. Director-General of the service corps.
6. Establishment and functions of the State governing boards.
7. Membership of the State governing board.
8. Establishment and functions of the National Youth Service Corps Local Government
Committee and the State zonal offices, etc.
9. Placing of members of the service corps.
10. Evaluation and report on members of the service corps.
II. Certi ficate of nati onal service.
12. Production of certificate for employment purposes.
13. Offences and penalties, etc.
14. Illegal wearing of service corps uniform.
15. Annual reports and accounts.
17. Exemption from and deferment of service, etc.
18. Employer to take account of period of service in the service corps.
19. Protection of members, etc.
21. Repeal and savings.
23. Short title.
NA TIONAL YOUTII SERVICE CORPS ACT
An Act to establish the National Youth Service Corps, specify the objectives of the
Corps and the conditions of service for corp members under the Corps.
[16th June, 1993]
1. Establishment and objectives of the National Youth Service Corps
(I) There is hereby established a scheme to be known as the National Youth Service
Corps (in this Act referred to as “the service corps”).
(2) The service corps shall with a view to-
(a) the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the Nigerian youths;
(b) the promotion of national unity; and
(c) the development of the Nigerian youth and Nigeria into a great and dynamic
be charged with the functions as pertain to the objectives of the service corps set out in
subsection (3) of this section.
(3) The objectives of the service corps shall be to-
(a) inculcate discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and, of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria in any situation
they may find themselves;
(b) raise the moral tone of the Nigerian youths by giving them the opportunity to
learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement;
(c) develop in the Nigerian youths the attitudes of mind, acquired through shared
experience and suitable training, which will make them more amenable to mobilisation in the national interest;
(d) enable Nigerian youths acquire the spirit of self reliance by encouraging them
to develop skills for self employment;
(e) contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy;
(j) develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity
(g) remove prejudices, eliminate ignorance and confirm at first hand the many
similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups; and
(h) develop a sense of corporate existence and common destiny of the people of
(4) In order to achieve the objectives in subsection (3) of this section, the service
corps shall ensure-
(a) the equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective
utilisation of their skills in areas of national needs;
(b) that as far as possible, Nigerian youths are assigned to jobs in States other than
their States of origin;
(c) that such group of Nigerian youths assigned to work together is representative
of Nigeria as far as possible;
(d) that the Nigerian youths are exposed to the modes of living of the people in
different parts of Nigeria;
(e) that the Nigerian youths are encouraged to eschew religious intolerance by
accommodating religious differences;
if) that members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their
one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus, promoting
the free movement of labour;
(g) that employers are induced partly through their experience with members of
the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified
Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin.
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