From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The National Youth Service Corp members in Sokoto State have staged a unity match recently as part of event to mark 48th Anniversary of the NYSC.
The 2021 Batch A Stream 2 Corp members are currently undergoing orientation exercise at permanent orientation camp, Wamakko town, the Wamakko local government headquarters of the state.
This is happening at the time when some stakeholders were advocating for the scrapping of the NYSC scheme.
The event is also aimed to educe the tensions and agitation clamouring for secession by some Nigerians.
The peacefully stage started with match past by different platoons in the camp.
During the match, some participants were seen carrying placards with the inscriptions ‘Unity is our strength,’ ‘in brotherhood we stand,’ ‘Shun cyber crime,’ ‘Shun act that divides us.’
The participants also wore attire of different ethnic groups as a symbol of the nation’s unity.
At the end of the competition, Platoon 5, 8 and 6 came first, second and third respectively, while Platoon 6 also received an award of being the over all best in the match past.
Speaking, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Philip Enaberue said the scheme is a symbol of unity holding the country together as an indivisible entity.
“What we are witnessing today is to tell the world that as Nigerians we are one irrespective of ethnic and religious background,” he stated.
On his part, a member of NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Maishanu said the scheme is the most enduring one that have promoted the nation’s unity and economic development.
Maishanu reiterated the state government commitment for the welfare and safety of corps members posted to the state.
Some corp members interviewed noted that the scheme has eroded the thought they had towards other tribes in the country.
They further revealed that before they came to the state, they were in the view that it was not safe but discovered that it was the most peaceful state in the country.