National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has kicked off the 2021 edition of its annual sports and cultural festival, with no fewer than 24 states battling for glory in the grand finale.
The participants that made it to the grand finale were selected on a zonal basis after holding on to their strategies that earned them the slots in this competition.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the event, held at MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, charged participants to continue to uphold virtues of cultural heritage which the programme seeks to promote.
Speaking on the theme, “Exploring Potentials, Strengthening Capacity of Youth through Sports and Cultural Activities For Integration and National Development,” Dare who was represented by Hajiya Amina Daura, director network social communication, said the theme is designed to highlight and promote our cultural heritage, discipline, determination, teamwork, national unity and integration amongst our youths.
“The feeling of nationalism is indispensable to the idea of nation-building by Karl Marx), sport is the only common thread that binds people together Apart from religion (which has been aptly described as “Opium of the names helps in developing a feeling of patriotism and unity that can counter regional factionalism and sinister design of various separatist forces.
“Therefore, in initiating this festival, NYSC has provided an avenue for interaction among corps members of diverse backgrounds and in addition, contributing towards the development of the sports sector and instilling in them the zeal to promote and preserve our cultural heritage.”
The director general NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, enjoined corps members to exhibit maturity and high sense of discipline, and always remember that they are in friendly contests as members of the same family.
“You are, therefore, expected to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship, and consider the final outcomes as glory to be shared by the entire NYSC family,” he said.
The festival which started on Monday is scheduled to end Thursday 14th October.