BY KAYODE ANIMASAUN
Corps members serving in Ondo state have been advised to shun any act capable of dividing Nigeria but foster peace wherever they find themselves.
The Ondo state coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Victoria Ani gave the advice during a Unity Walk to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the scheme, held at the orientation camp ,Ikare Akoko.
Our correspondent reports that the Unity Walk was a colourful celebration of culture and ethnicity as corps members dressed in all different ethnic attires to mark the day.
Other highlights were passing of the Unity Touch from the state Coordinator to all leaders of the platoons at the carnival.
Addressing the corps members,Mrs Ani said “Dear corps members, this carnival signifies the exchange of our cultural differences and as we celebrate the carnival, I want you to know that NYSC puts the nation first. We should shun some acts that divide us,we should rather rejoice as one be the Nigerians that we are supposed to be.
We must shine our eyes. We should not allow anybody to divide us. NYSC is for national integration, it is for unity, it is for a way of guiding our youths to do it right and make Nigeria the nation that we want it to be. ”
Some corps members, Helen Okafor, Chioma Ike, Ibitayo Akinkuolie and Precious Oriarewo who spoke with newsmen said that the scrapping of the scheme might negatively affect the unity which the country is yearning for.
They also stressed the need for their colleagues to preach peaceful coexistence and see NYSC as a tool to further develop the communities where they are serving.