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NYSC tasks 5m ex-corps members on national unity

By Katurak Yashim

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has tasked the more than five million Nigerians who have undergone the one-year service to help promote the spirit of national unity.

Brig.-Gen. NYSC CEO Shuaibu Ibrahim entrusted the task at the closing ceremony of the annual NYSC 2021 Culture Festival in Abuja on Friday.

The theme of the festival was: “Exploring the potentials, strengthening the capacities of young people through sports and cultural activities for integration and national development”.

Ibrahim said that regardless of the country’s ethnic and religious diversity, a united nation can always be built through shared values, a spirit of patriotism and a collective will.

He therefore instructed the more than 5 million Nigerians who have gone through the program to live by the spirit of national unity instilled in them during the service and to promote it.

“Over five million Nigerians have passed through the NYSC. I urge you to let the spirit of NYSC live in us because our strength lies in our diversity.

“There is no country without problems, but they turn their problems into opportunities.

“In other words, regardless of our ethnic and religious differences, we can build a united nation through our common values, the spirit of patriotism and our collective will.

“The NYSC has used the cultural festival for decades as a platform for the promotion of the diverse cultural heritage that Nigeria is endowed with,” said the Director General.

Ibrahim said the festival was also an opportunity for the program to promote interactions and cultural appreciation between members of the body, thus supporting unity in Nigeria.

He said the festival aimed to showcase the abundant talent of the body members in the fields of dance, comedy, theater and directing.

The general manager said that the performances presented by the corps members during the festival were a clear illustration of the effective integration of the corps members into their host communities.

According to Ibrahim, the theme of this year’s festival is very appropriate, that is, our cultural diversity is a great asset that should strengthen us rather than divide us.

“It will be of interest to our distinguished guests to know that a good number of members of the body do not belong to the ethnic groups or geopolitical areas in which they dance and sing.

“I commend the members of the Corps for demonstrating their wonderful skills in theater, dance and comedy.

“I encourage you to take advantage of lucrative career opportunities in the entertainment industry,” Ibrahim said.

Earlier, Mr. Abdulrazak Salawu, NYSC Director, Community Development Service (CDS) and Special Projects (SP), noted that Nigeria’s cultural and multiethnic diversity can be harnessed through NYSC cultural activities.

Salawu said this was because the various festival events were designed to promote the country’s cultural heritage and galvanize young people towards nation-building.

“NYSC is fortunate to have the current CEO who has not only improved the visibility of the program, but also revolutionized its programs and operations.

“There could not have been a better time that the services of the CEO were needed here for nation-building purposes.”

Salawu assured that the program did not register any casualties throughout the exercise.

The Nigerian News Agency recalls that the cultural festival was established in 1984, following the decision of the NYSC leadership to use dance and theater as tools to strengthen and deepen the objectives of the program.

also recalls that the 2001 edition of the festival saw the introduction of stand-up comedy as one of the events in which the NYSC Secretariats of State had to compete.

The 2021 edition of the festival was held from October 11-14, with an array of cultural dances, plays and comedies by body members who converged on Abuja from various states in the federation.

reports that in the dance category, Plateau State took the first position, while Ogun came second and Bauchi went home with the third position.

For the drama category, Rivers took the first position, Oyo came second and Ebonyi took the third position in the competition.

Akwa Ibom took the first position in the comedy category, while Gombe State emerged second while Plateau took the third position.

Source: NAN

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