The Lagos State Coordinator of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Eddy Megwa, has called on Nigerians to tap into the bond shared by corps members in sustaining co-existence in the country.
Megwa made the call at an event to mark the 48th anniversary of NYSC in Lagos on Saturday.
The event was tagged: “Unity March at 48.”
According to Megwa, calling for the disintegration of the country by some section of the public is considered a great disservice to not only the youth, but the entire citizenry.
He noted that the development of the nation since its independent till date had been hinged on the ability to co-exist, tolerate and respect one another.
“Today we are having a Unity March to mark the NYSC at 48.
“Corps members gather themselves to tell Nigeria that they remain one, irrespective of the fact that they come from different parts of the country.
“That they share one common identity, they are simply saying that they are subscribing to the continuous co-existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that nothing should happen to the nation.
“These youths are using their soul, spirit and body to serve the nation, because they believe in Nigeria and they are saying Nigeria must continue to be one indivisible country.
“This is what we need in this county today, that unity and bond to make us stronger as a people, to confront any challenge facing us,” he said.
Megwa noted that the corps members were dedicated and ready to work toward the unity of the country, having been detached from their parents, comfort zones and accepted to come to serve their father land.
He stressed that it was improper for anyone to kick against the scheme and all what it stood for, in the development, promotion of peace and unity among persons in the country.
“The corps members should be encouraged in their service to the nation as this is the period they show dedication and service to their father land, hence the future of this country lies in their hands.
“It is, therefore, fundamental to do the needful and put them on the right perspective because anything contrary will amount to missing the idea in this country,” he added.
The coordinator described the NYSC scheme as an opportunity for the corps members to rally round themselves, integrate and pursue the aim and aspirations of a sustainable and indivisible nation.
Meanwhile, Megwa disclosed that the NYSC Lagos Camp is COVID-19 free, as its 2,247 corps members were made to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test, as part of requirements for the orientation exercise.
Megwa also assured of the safety of NYSC members in the face of the current high cases of insecurity in the country.
The Lagos State Coordinator of NYSC noted that the camp was fortified with security personnel within and around the orientation camp.