By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—THE National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Directorate in Ogun State, yesterday, introduced martial arts training for corps members posted to the state as part of security measures.
This came as Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State reminded Nigerians that the primary aim of NYSC were the promotion of the country’s unity and the enhancement of its strength and cultural diversities.
Ogun State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Anosike, spoke at the swearing in of the 2012 ‘Batch B’ corps members at NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu.
She said: “The 2,000 corps members comprising 999 males and 1001 females who have so far registered at the camp will be trained in martial arts to equip them with self-defence skills in addition to the normal para-military drills and physical training during the three-week orientation programme.” Meanwhile, Aregbesola has described youths as veritable tools of cultural transmission.
The governor, in an address, entitled: “Stay on, Get on,” delivered at the camp opening in Ede, said the primary objective of the NYSC scheme was the promotion of unity in diversity.
He noted that such interaction through the scheme, bred mutual understanding, harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence. Aregbesola stressed that the scheme was a preparatory knowledge base for corps members in understanding the complex social-cultural, ethnic and religious diversities of the country.
He noted that the flexibility to learn new things was part of what higher education the corps member received which the NYSC scheme sought to impart in them.
Aregbesola said: “The objective of the programme is to promote unity in diversity among all ethnic nationalities in the country and the world over, youths are said to be a veritable agent of cultural transmission, which NYSC is meant to facilitate.” Vanguard Nigeria