The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) is seeking support for its National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member essay contest aimed at engendering national cohesion and youth development.
BSN Executive Secretary, Rev. Samuel Sanusi made the call for support on the sidelines of the 11th NYSC National Essay Competition, Awards and Symposium held in Lagos on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the contest themed: “Reshaping the Nigerian System for Sustainable Development” aims to steer patriotism among the youth.
Sanusi, who spoke about the benefits of the program, called for support from businesses and governments to ensure the program is open to participants of all faiths and transcends the current generation.
“A sponsorship of the concept that tends to galvanize the ingenuity of young people towards national ideals will fit into a progressive society that we all aspire to.
“These finalists can receive a scholarship for higher degrees in institutions of higher education to help them broaden their horizons on managerial and political articulation, which will benefit the country.
“Business and government can support sponsorship of the annual program to help it move beyond the NYSC threshold to include college students and co-opt them into the platform that offers solutions to national challenges in the instead of sitting on the fence.
“The program is inclined to develop leaders who can, through collaboration with others, dismantle the structures of ethnic sentiment for the common good,” he said.
The Executive Secretary lamented the involvement of young people in social vices and organized crimes, saying that young people were full of latent energies waiting to be positively harnessed without which their potential would be misused to the detriment of society.
NAN reports that BSN is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization that translates the Bible into Nigerian languages and raises funds for Bible works, among other functions.
The BSN has translated the complete Bible into 26 Nigerian languages, while translation revision is underway in 10 Nigerian languages to make the Bible easier to understand. (NOPE)