The Batch B members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State have made quite a splash. Dressed up in various cultural attires depicting the tribal spread of the country, they impressed their audience with dance steps as well as effort to remind everyone that there is strength in diversity.
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Sam Onuigbo who represents Ikwuano/Umuahia organised the cultural carnival.
The event took place at the Umunna Camp in Bende council where they Corps members received the lawmaker who has been of much help to them.
Platoon Four, the Fulani group, came first, winning N50,000 for their effort. Platoon Five representing Ibibio, took second, winning N30,000. Platoon Eight which represented the Benin, won N20,000 while N10,000 went to each of the seven platoons at the event.
Speaking at the ceremony, Onuigbo made a case for culture, saying that a people without it are lost.
He said, “When the culture of the people is sustained there will be unity as it could lead to several uniting factors like marriages and everlasting friendships, and when such exists, there will be no need for war and bickering among us.”
He urged the corps members who were participating to compete with zest and free mind so as to have a healthy competition, stressing that the cultural competition will help them to promote peace, unity and oneness, “So that the unity of the country will continue to grow”.
The federal lawmaker noted that NYSC has contributed in no small way to the unity of the country, “As most of the electoral workers during general elections have been mostly corps members and they have also been involved in the teaching of the children in their primary
assignments and heath care delivery, among others”.
Onuigbo reminded them on the need to take seriously the skill acquisition which they are being taught at the orientation camp, stressing that the era when government provide jobs for graduates is fast fading away, as time has come for the youths of the country to move from being job seekers to employers of labour.
He said that NYSC scheme is one which he is passionate about since he did his own during 1983/84 session in Kaduna state, “It was a great experience which shall remain indelible in my life and mind as I still reminiscence of them every day of my life”.
In his welcome speech the state coordinator of Abia NYSC, Omotayo Adewoye called on well spirited people in the state to emulate Onuigbo who he said has never relented in offering help to corps members posted to the state for many years by coming to the help of the scheme.
Adewoye recalled that Onuigbo has been sending vehicles to carry corps members posted to his village Obuohia Obi-Ibere in Ikwuano local government area of the state from the NYSC camp at Umunna and feeds them for a week until they are properly settled in their places of primary assignment.
Onuigbo also sends off departing Corps members with all manner of gifts.
The Abia State NYSC coordinator appealed to Onuigbo and others like him to come to their aid in the maintenance of camp facilities, saying that government alone cannot bear the burden.
Source: The Nation