Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the story of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) since its establishment 50 years ago, has been that of growth, advancement and expansion.
Osinbajo stated this while giving the opening address during the celebration of NYSC at 50.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, said the programme has achieved a lot, particularly in terms of promoting unity and integration within the country.
According to Osinbajo, the scheme was established as a fulcrum of national integration and unity to hasten the process of national healing following the terrible 30-month civil war that left a divided country longing for unity.
"There is no doubt that since its inception 50 years ago to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the civil war, the NYSC has continued to play a significant role in actualising the role of building an indivisible nation.
“I want to congratulate the management, staff, board members and youth corps members nationwide and all Nigerians on the 50th-anniversary celebration which I can describe as the celebration of another NYSC’s unquantifiable contributions to nation building.
“I wish to commend the heroism of the Retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon-led government that came up with the idea of establishing the NYSC in 1973.
“The NYSC was specially designed to harness the potential of young dedicated Nigerian graduates toward the path of national development,” he said.
The VP further promised that the Federal Government will support youth development through laws and initiatives that would give them the tools they need not only for economic survival but also for future leadership positions.
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