The Coordinator of National Youths Service Corps, Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe has disagreed with the scraping of NYSC which she said will breed disunity, stressing that NYSC remained a strong pillar that unites the entire nation.
Ekwe stated this during the Weekend at an occasion marking the 48th anniversary of NYSC held at the permanent orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung Nsit Atai LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
She said the NYSC scheme established in 1973 has formed a rally point where youths across the country meet irrespective of different religion, culture and background.
According to her, “NYSC is a strong pillar that unites the entire nation. You can see so many corps members here, they come from diverse culture and ethnic groups, but, once they come for service they do not care about where anyone comes from, they are always united in everything they do.
“They do not care about the ethnicity, religion and culture, they are all one. So, the unity of Nigeria must continue, in NYSC we promote unity and say no to division. It is a rally point of young people in Nigeria.”
She said the significance of this year’s celebration was unity of Nigeria, adding that NYSC has united the whole country by making young people come together to prosperity and oneness in the country.
Also speaking at the event, a corps member and graduate of Theatre Art and Film study, University of Nigeria Nssuka, Chinyere Mba said the scheme has bound the nation together, adding that attempt to scrap it would bring the country backward.
Another corps member, Mr Madaki Baba, Computer Engineering graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, said that the scheme has enabled him to contribute his quota to the society through training of students and teachers on computer literacy in his place of primary assignment.
“It is a privilege serving Nigeria this time, and I feel that this nation needs to be more united because the vision of NYSC is nation building and unity,” he said.