The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Zamfara says it will work closely with local government councils in the state to promote economic development through agriculture.
The state’s NYSC Coordinator, Hajiya Walida Isa, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Tsafe on Saturday.
She said that the collaboration would see that corps members serving in the state were encourgaed to take advantage of the agricultural potentials at the grassroots.
“Zamfara is one of the states in the country with agricultural potentialities.
“We came up with this programme in line with the new policy of the NYSC to move the scheme forward.
“One of the major policies introduced by the NYSC under the leadership of the Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, is giving emphasis to training of corps members on various businesses for them to become self-employed after the one-year national service.
“That is why we are giving emphasis to Skills Acquisition,Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) and agricultural development programme.
“And our aim is that our corps members should be productive after the service,” she said.
Isa added that the partnership would help corps members to know the potentials of all the 14 local government areas in Zamfara.
“Our plan is to invite council chairmen individually to come to the NYSC camp during the orientation course to deliver lectures to the corps members on the agricultural and economic potentials of their local government areas.
“Even though we have not started, we have sent the introduction letters of the programme to the council chairmen through our local government inspectors.
“We are waiting for the response of the chairmen on this proposal that is aimed at improving the economy of the state,” she added.
The co-ordinator expressed appreciation to the state government, security agencies, and other stakeholders in the state for their support and co-operation.
NAN reports that 2,000 Batch B corps members for 2017 deployed to the state have already registered for the orientation course at the permanent orientation camp located in Tsafe Local government Area.