- The National Youth Service Corps scheme was actually set up to encourage unity among the ethnic groups in Nigeria
- Its director-general, Zakari Kazaure, spoke at one of the orientation camps
- Kazaure urged the members to get married and further pleaded with them to set up small businesses
The director-general of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Zakari Kazaure, is encouraging participants in the scheme to engage in inter-ethnic marriages.
To show his zeal to ensure this is achieved, he also promised to personally attend any of such weddings that takes place between members of the scheme.
The NYSC was set up to encourage unity among the various ethnic groups in the country through youth participation in the scheme.
Speaking at the orientation camp in Amada, Akko local government area of Gombe state, Kazaure also encouraged the corps members to set up smaller businesses.
“I am encouraging inter-marriages between you; I want all the girls in this camp who are not married to marry, I will gladly attend.
“I want you to set up small businesses, no matter how small after your service year.
“I do not want my corp members to be going around offices in the name of seeking for white collar job which is not forthcoming.
“Set up your small business no matter how small it is, do not despise your little beginning,” Kazaure said as he addressed the Batch ‘A’ Stream 2 corps members.
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The NYSC coordinator for Gombe state, Ibe Tobias, said the stream 2 had about 1,470 corps members while Kazaure pleaded with them to shun vices.
While opinions continue to vary over the usefulness of the scheme, NAIJ.com recently reported that a Rivers state NYSC member named Ugwoke Peace Udoka affected the life of a young boy named Victor Godswill in Port Harcourt.
The report said she was also able to help him secure a scholarship for his school.
Watch this video and see a landmark achievement of a corps member: