The traditional leader of Igbo community in Sokoto State, Eze Ozo Nweke, has advocated for cross-cultural marriages among members of the NYSC in the country.
Nweke spoke on Tuesday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Wamakko, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government in Sokoto State.
,Nweke spoke during the cultural fiesta and a skills acquisition exhibition by the 1,604 corps members deployed to the state, currently undergoing a three-week orientation.
According to the monarch, more of such marriages should be encouraged among the corps members nationwide.
“Such marriages also boost peace, unity and sustainable cohesion of Nigeria,” he added.
Nweke further extolled the virtues of the NYSC scheme, describing it as an indispensable tool for Nigeria’s sustainable corporate existence.
The Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, commended the coordinator for organising the fiesta.
Ladan assured that the state government would continue to render the needed moral and financial support to ensure the success of activities of the scheme at all levels.
Ladan, who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, pledged that the state government would continue to accord top priority to the welfare and security of the corps members.
The Coordinator, Mr Thomas Yamma, said that the fiesta was to showcase the cultural diversities in Nigeria.
”The event is to supplement the endurance trek which had been suspended by the management of the scheme due to the hitherto security concerns.
” This is also to keep the corps members busy, bolster unity and social interactions, as well as boost their morale,” he said.
Yamma said the skills acquisition exhibition was to showcase the myriad of skills acquired by the corps members during the orientation.
He enumerated some of the skills acquired by the corps members to include bakery, cosmetology, dyeing, fisheries, tiles making and make-up. (NAN)