Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Director General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure, yesterday said the scheme was planning to introduce a loan package for corps members in view of the prevailing economic hardship in the country.
Speaking while addressing 1604 Batch ‘’ A’’ corps members currently undergoing a three-week orientation exercise at the orientation camp in Wamakko council Sokoto, Kazaure stated that the proposed loan package is being packaged in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry ( BoI).
According to him, the loan scheme would provide certain amount of interest-free loans to the corps members after the completion of their one year service.
“The money will be advanced to them with a view to establishing their various business ventures as the white collar jobs are becoming increasingly scarce.
“The beneficiaries are expected to be made self reliant and even become employers of labour, Kazaure said.
He urged the corps members to be passionate in whatever they do, saying doing so will help them to explore their potentials and capabilities.
The NYSC DG further reminded the corps members NYSC is all about national service and national integration.
The DG also said the various activities lined up at the orientation camp were aimed at preparing them for the challenges ahead during and after service.
He called on the corps to integrate with the host communities, dress decently, as well as respect their culture and traditions.
Kazaure assured the corps members that the management of the scheme and all the stakeholders were fully committed to their security and general welfare.
He admonished the corps members to help in providing the needs of their host communities.
“You should endeavour to transform the host communities by adding value to them,’’ Kazaure added.