Senator Shehu Sani has kicked against the bill seeking to scrap National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
This follows debate across the country as a bill seeking to scrap the scheme, sponsored by Awaji Abiante, a lawmaker from Rivers State on Wednesday, passed through second reading at the green chamber.
The lawmaker seeks to use the bill to amend section 315 (1)(a) of the 1999 constitution, arguing that the scheme has failed to address the essence of its establishment.
Other proponents of scrapping the scheme cite the raging insecurity sweeping through the country.
However, Sani on his verified Twitter page on Monday, said the scheme is needed now more than ever for Nigerians to know other regions aside from their birth place.
According to the former Kaduna lawmaker, NYSC should not be scrapped but its mandate expanded to give better military training as a means of combating insecurity.
He tweeted: “The NYSC should not be scrapped.Its needed now more than ever before.Many Nigerians have never known anywhere other than their hometown and University town if not for NYSC.
“Its mandate should be expanded to give participants full military training in the face of insecurity.”