A prominent monarch in Ondo, His Royal Majesty Oba Adefemi Adedoyin-Adegbite has lauded the vision of the NYSC founding fathers for bequeathing a Scheme that has remained a source of unity to the nation.
Oba Adegbite-Adedoyin who is the Owa-Ale Adimula of Ikareland made this assertion when he paid a visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko to felicitate with the formidable youth organisation on the attainment of 50 years.
“Nigerians would be forever grateful to the founding fathers of the National Youth Service Corps such as General Yakubu Gowon (retd), Professor Adedeji, Colonel Ahmadu Ali, PhD for their foresight at promoting the oneness and uniqueness of the country through mobilisation and subsequent deployment of graduate youths under the age of 30 years to rebuild the nation after the civil war that destroyed the fabrics of our existence as a nation”.
According to the royal father, those who are agitating that the NYSC should be discontinued should endeavour to get closer to the laudable Scheme and experience wonders which the programme has done to make the country a united nation.
“It amuses me when some ill-informed members of the society are calling for the scrapping of the Scheme, describing the programme as mere wasting the resources of the Government as well as precious time of the participants but in real sense, NYSC has touched and it is still touching the lives of Nigerians in positive ways. A Scheme that has survived ups and downs in the last 50 years should be given credit for exposing our younger generation to better ways of leadership and governance through the articulate programmes”.
”Rather than the call for the scrapping of the Scheme, the general public, as well as critical stakeholders, should encourage the Federal Government to improve camp facilities and infrastructures, give better and adequate funding to implement many lofty programmes of the Scheme and enhance the welfare of corps members. Without NYSC, this country would have been something else and with the Scheme in place, the future is brighter”.
The first-class traditional ruler made a case for Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme, saying the Government should expand the scope and make it more attractive to members of the service corps.
“Nigeria, through the capacity building for corps members has what it takes to develop this country. The existing components of the intervention known as SAED can transform the country from being a consuming nation to one that produces. I have seen exploits of corps members in Agro-Allied, Food Processing, Construction and ICT, and have come to the conclusion that NYSC is indeed a torchbearer” he said.
In terms of unity, it is difficult to take that away from the Scheme as participants who come from other geopolitical zones are living peacefully with indigenes after the service year and they are doing marvelously well. I have some of them working with me and I am enjoying their services. Without NYSC, they would not have been in this part of the country. Kudos to the Scheme for being a unifier of all the ethnicities in the country.
The custodian of the culture and tradition of the ancient town while congratulating the Scheme on the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the establishment of the NYSC prayed that the managers of the Scheme will not labour in vain as they continuously strive to mentor the graduate youths into becoming assets to the nation.
The United Kingdom-trained legal luminary charged the corps members to see their deployment to Ondo State as a call to service and opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.