The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has said the council will partner the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in uniting Nigeria, bringing sustainable peace and social harmony in the country.
The NCAC boss spoke in Abuja when he hosted NYSC’s Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim.
Unveiling a joint agenda, tagged: “Partnership That Works,” Runsewe said NCAC and NYSC have similar mandates.
He recalled that while the NYSC was established in 1973 by the Gen. Yakubu Gowon administration in pursuance of the policy of Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, the National Festival for Art and Culture was established by the same government to foster national peace, unity and integration through culture.
According to the NCAC boss, while NYSC scheme brings together young Nigerians to serve in states other than their own, NAFEST brings together contingents from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to showcase their cultural uniqueness and exchange cultural ideas.
Runsewe urged all organisations to always accept corps members posted to them and treat them with respect as they are in the service to the nation.
Ibrahim thanked Runsewe for accepting to partner the NYSC, which the NCAC boss described as a partnership that works.
On the spread of COVID-19 in the NYSC camps, Ibrahim explained that prospective corps members are screened and tested before being allowed into the camp.
He added that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has its their offices in all the orientation camps across the country to take care of any emergency.
The NYSC boss assured parents, guardians and intending corps members that NYSC members would be screened, tested and certified fit before being allowed into the orientation camps.
Runsewe urged Nigerians to stop stigmatizing COVID-19 patients.
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