The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has held a unity walk for over 5km in Lafia, Nasarawa State as part of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the establishment of the scheme in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the unity walk on Monday (May 8, 2023) in Lafia, Mr Abdullahi Jikamshi, State Coordinator of NYSC said it was aimed at keeping the corps members as well as the staff fit for more productivity.
The Nasarawa State Coordinator of NYSC explained that the exercise was nationwide and a lot of other activities are on the lineup to mark the celebration.
He added that the scheme had undergone so many transformations from its inception to date, stating that the contributions of the scheme to the development of the youths and the country cannot be undermined.
On the contributions of NYSC to the socio-economic development of Nasarawa State, the Coordinator described it as unprecedented.
He explained that there is no school – especially public secondary and tertiary institutions – where corps members cannot be found teaching.
He added that there are corps members that are doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other professionals that are posted to medical facilities in every batch to provide healthcare services.
“We are also helping in sanitation exercise, traffic control, and so many of our members constructed classrooms, chairs, bridges among others to improve the lives of the citizenry,” he added.
Jikamshi used the medium to laud the State government and various communities in the State for the reception given to the corps members over the years.
He also commended parents for allowing their children to serve in the State, which gave them opportunity to learn about the culture and people of the State.