By Matthew Godswill
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shaibu in conjunction with Advocacy Film Makers is set to unveil a movie geared towards national unity.
Advocacy Film Producer and an ex-corps member, Mr Jairus Paul Osazuwa, who disclosed this in Asaba during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Delta State said, the movie titled ‘A Call To Serve’ is aimed at using entertainment to draw the attention of the youths to national cohesion.
He added that the movie will equally promote the Act and Bylaws setting up NYSC, which he said is about our core values and productive engagement of youths for posterity.
He said the idea behind the movie started from the office of the DG of NYSC who is the producer and majorly anchored on NYSC Act and Bylaws just as he stated that the shooting of the movie has started featuring the likes of Pete Edochie.
Osazuwa said the movie was titled ‘A Call To Serve’ as a deliberate and conscious intention to inform the public of the obligation of youth corp members and the core mandate of serving one’s nation.
The young Nollywood film maker who is also a Deltan, stressed that Delta State is peculiar in the project being that most of the scenes would be shot in the State, and in May 2020, when the movie would be released to the market, Delta would also enjoy the benefit of being the first State where the premiere would be done.
Osazuwa stated that, “This privileged opportunity will create a veritable platform for mutual relationship. This is about giving back to my society. I am happy to project fancy structures of my State in the movie.
“Apart from Kano State, Delta State is another major State in the country that is favoured with natural and cultural backgrounds to tell our story in the ‘A Call To Serve’ movie debut”, the muvie director explained.
According to him, seeking Delta State Government’s partnership as one of the host states providing the sceneries and as such to enjoy the first benefit of being the first State where the premiere of the movie will be done in May.
Receiving the delegation on behalf of Delta State Government, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor assured them that the Government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa would be ready to render any assistance to ensure the success of the advocacy movie, so far it’s about youth guidance and engagement.
The Commissioner maintained that the Ministry of Tourism is youth friendly, assuring that they would do everything to mentor and mould youths who are ready to make positive impacts in life. He stated that for this singular reason, the Ministry had continued to engage and accommodate lots of corps members even beyond its capacity.
“We will give you all the necessary supports, being that programmes that are of value to the youths are dear to this Government led by Senator Okowa. It is our hope that the dream to guide our youths and properly engage them towards national unity is actualised. We must collectively strive to change the course of our country, especially by making our youths become better people for the betterment of our society”, Ejiofor affirmed.
Delta State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Olutayo Samuel who represented the DG, appreciated the Delta State Government for all the assistance it is rendering to the Scheme. S
The DG noted that the muvie for the NYSC would not only showcase youths lackadasical attitudes to reading culture, but will promote the Act and Bylaws setting up NYSC, which she said is about our core values and productive engagement of youths for posterity.
He stressed that the film would promote the NYSC Act and its core values as a reminder to youths that the Scheme is a deliberate attempt to continue to seek unity in diversity in Nigeria.
“This is why the Scheme is supporting this movie and the team is here by the express instruction and direction of the NYSC Director General, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Shaibu.
“Fortunately, this film has a lot to do with Delta. This state is one of the four states in Nigeria that has supported NYSC immensely, and I tell you sir, nothing can quantify what the Government is doing for us at the Orientation Camp with modern hostel structures erected and other facilities put in place for the comfort of our corps members serving their country”, the Coordinator narrated.
It was a worthwhile visit as the parties agreed to go back to define and firm out areas of partnerships and reciprocal values.