Lagos, – A United Kingdom-based Nigerian, Gloria Ojekwe-Uche, has said that the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), should be upheld, protected and preserved, describing it as a national asset.
Ojekwe-Uche said this while addressing the media in Lagos on Monday ahead of the planned 25th Anniversary Reunion of Batch A corps members that served in Bauchi in 1998.
She said that given the challenges in ethnicity, it has become imperative for the Federal Government to continue to preserve the ideals of the NYSC in line with the philosophy of its founding fathers.
“I believe that the NYSC programme is a very laudable one.
“When we served in Bauchi 25 years ago, many of us from the Southern part of the country went to the North for the first time in our lives and it was so enlightening for most of us.
“Beyond service to Fatherland, the relationships that were formed all these years had continued to flourish in spite of our political, ethnic and cultural differences.
“It is against this backdrop that we have decided to organize a reunion in Lagos this August.
“Some of us will be seeing ourselves again after over two decades,” Ojekwe-Uche said. (NAN)