Olubankole Wellington, a.k.a. Banky W, has outlined the benefits of making the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nigeria optional rather than compulsory.
The musician expressed his thoughts in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday, claiming that the NYSC programme has not accomplished everything it was intended to since its inception.
In his words, “I don’t know if there is anybody that will disagree that NYSC probably does not achieve everything it was originally designed for today, so how do we reform it? Don’t cancel it, let’s remove it from the constitution and make it optional, the people who do not need it will go.”
Banky noted that making the programme optional would increase serious participation and provide a more substantial salary for those who were interested.
“Now you can pay those interested more so instead of paying them N30,000 monthly which does nothing for a young person in Nigeria today. We can pay them N60 – N80, 000,” he said.
He claimed in the interview that his desire to serve others is what motivates him to run for the National Assembly seat representing the Eti-Osa federal constituency.
The actor-turned-politician, who is running for the office on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform in the 2023 election, believes that changing the narrative is more successful when one is already in the system.
Even though activism and advocacy are excellent, according to Banky W, they are insufficient.
“So, we have to get into the system to be able to fix it from within,” he said on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday. “That is really what inspired me some years ago to start changing my focus.”