Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, has called for reform of the National Youth Service Scheme, which he said is fast losing the original intent of its foundation.
Prince Madumere stated this when he was addressing the cross section of the people of Delta State in Okpe-Isoko, Isoko North Local Government of Delta State, during the burial ceremony of late Pa John Ofou, father of Hon. Felix Ofou, a former Media Aide to the immediate past Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Prince Madumere, while narrating his discovery of the cultural affinities of the various tribes and ethnic groups in Nigeria, called for more effort to ensuring that Nigerian youth get exposed to other indigenous Nigerian cultures, adding that this would go a long way to strengthen cohesion and unity of the country.
He commended the idea of National Youth Service Corps, which, according to him, has gone a long way in fulfilling its main aim of exposing Nigerian graduates to other ethnic cultures, as well as giving them the opportunity to learn their values, with the sole aim of fostering National Unity.
Prince Madumere while condoling Felix Ofou, the son of the late Pa Ofou and the people of Okpe-Isoko over the passing of one of their great leaders and custodian of their cultures and tradition, at the age of 128 years, described the people’s culture as closely related to that of the Igbos, thereby calling on the younger ones to embrace every Nigerian as a brother.
He then called for reform of the National Youth Service Corps to ensuring that its aim is not defeated, saying it is still very relevant to national unity and development of the country, even as he called for the abrogation of dichotomy between indigeneship and citizenship, proposing that any Nigerian who has stayed at a place for a period of time, should not be denied of the rights and privileges accorded to others, noting that such consideration will go a long way to make Nigeria a more cohesive and united Nation State.