The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has celebrated 48th anniversary of the Scheme with a call to Nigerians of all tribes to support the unity of Nigeria for national development.
The anniversary saw to the Orientation Camp in Issele-Uku Delta State agog at the weekend as the Scheme staged a unity march, bearing an Olympic light that signified strength of unity and togetherness, just as officials and corps members marched round the camp singing and dancing for unity.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Coordinator, Olutayo Samuel said she felt elated being a member of the NYSC family, insisting that there is every reason to give praises to God for keeping the Scheme functional for the past 48 years.
She stressed that NYSC is about one national organisation that has prominently provided a platform of peace, love and unity in the country.
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According to her, “In the Scheme, our cardinal objective is putting Nigeria first. Our corps members are from different parts of the country, who have come to learn values for national cohesion, and so before being integrated into the society, have become disciplined enough to know what to do to advance the unity of our nation, Nigeria.
“I am using this medium to further admonish them to shun acts capable of dividing us and relegating our unity to the background. You must not come here to preach sectionalism, divisiveness and hatred. That is why we are engaging you in the three weeks orientation programme as cardinal aspect of the service year.
“That is an oversight though, we have all it takes to make you comply to our national obligation for peace and unity. So I want to assure us that the reasons for creating NYSC is still intact; it is for unity in diversity irrespective of tribe, language, political or religious affiliation.
“The bond is so strong that no matter what is being canvassed, the Scheme will continue to exist.
“And to make NYSC a stronger entity, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) was created. This is to enable corps members become self reliant with skills and trades of their choice, rather than roaming the streets in search of job after youth service, ” Samuel explained.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the unity march, some corps members insisted that the society must allow the Scheme to continue to exist in the interest of national unity and cohesion.
Gift Uzoma from Abia State, said she never thought she could get the love and peace of mind she had always dreamt of at the camp, adding that NYSC has become the biggest accomplishment of her life in recent times.