Members of Nigeria's newly formed National Youth Service certainly seem popular in the north of he country.
SV Youths digging road
SVs Men playing drums (2 shots)
SVs Men digging with pick axes in time to music (3 shots)
SV Men digging with shovels and picks (3 shots)
SVs Men playing drums and youths digging road
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Background: Members of Nigeria's newly formed National Youth Service certainly seem popular in the north of he country. Local musicians ease the corps members' building task there by providing rhythmic music as they wield their shovels or pick axes. They are constructing a road between the University village of Samaru and Basawa.
The youth service which started this month (July) was first thought of during Nigeria's civil war. It is compulsory. The idea is that all students from Nigeria's Universities serve the community for a year after they have graduated.
The 2,600 graduates have been divided between twelve regional centres. For some time graduates from the south have been unwilling to work in the North. They are still undergoing the five week orientation course but first reactions of both graduates and locals are reported to be enthusiastic. Some married women graduates, however, are unhappy at being posted away from their husbands and children.
Other crops members in the northern area are building a youth centre, sweeping roads, clearing drains and cutting grass.
The authorities hope the year's service will foster national unity and instil industry, discipline and patriotism in Nigerian youths.