The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has urged corps members from different tribes to intermarry, as an avenue of boosting national integration.
According to The Will Online, Kazaure gave the urge when he visited the 2016 Batch A (Stream II) corps members undergoing their orientation programme in Ebonyi State.
He declared that the essence of the scheme is to ensure national integration, which would bring the desired unity which the country earnestly desires.
The DG added that camp activities such as military drills, skills acquisition and sporting activities would prepare the Corps members for life within and after the service year.
“I wish to see you intermarry within the orientation period to enhance national integration, as this would be achieved through adequate bonding in the camp,” he declared.
“You should also pay special attention to skill acquisition while in the camp and the entire service year, to enable them be self-reliant and not rely on white collar jobs.
“The Ramadan did not stop us from coming to the camp as I received lots of text messages inquiring about the possibility of organizing the camp with the approach of the period.
“Corps members would not be posted to Ishiellu Local Government Area where the Ezza–Ezillo communal war took place until we get assurances of adequate security in the area.”
The Ebonyi State Coordinator of the Scheme, Mrs Gladys Mbachi, told the DG that 1, 932 Corps members, comprising 1, 346 males and 586 females, were undergoing the programme in the state.