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48 Corps Members Benefit From N16.5m Business Grant



A total of forty-eight Corps Members have been empowered with various sums of money to finance their businesses after their business proposals scaled through the different stages of professional vetting until the very last stage.

In a press statement issued by the Scheme’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs) on Monday in Abuja revealed that the business areas cover agriculture; craft and fashion design; education, shoemaking among others.

In his virtual interaction with the Corps beneficiaries today, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim commended Unity Bank for providing financial grants to Corps Members selected from NYSC Orientation Camps in Edo, FCT, Lagos and Ogun States.

He said the pilot project of the “Corpreneurship Challenge” would create opportunities for self-employment and wealth creation and also reduce the increasing number of unemployed graduate youths.

The DG disclosed that the Scheme is determined to drive entrepreneurial capacity among young graduates and create opportunities for self-employment and wealth creation.

Ibrahim who added that salaried jobs are scarcely available appealed to the Corps Members to be determined, focused and avoid cutting corners.

“My appeal to you is to be determined, remain focused and fan into flame the training that you have acquired for your empowerment, as it would later translate to societal development.”

“Be prudent in your spending, avoid indolence and be committed to what the Unity Bank has done for you”, he said.

The Director-General also advised the Corps beneficiaries to do peer review of their successes and restrategise for greater output.

In her remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Tomi Shomefun promised a robust partnership with the NYSC Scheme which would empower more youths for self-development.

She commended the Director-General for his strong passion for skills acquisition, adding that Unity Bank is expanding the “Corpreneurship Challenge Initiative” to six more additional locations namely; Akwa-Ibom, Kano, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Enugu and Osun States.

Shomefun, who said Unity Bank has been making tremendous impact in youth development specifically congratulated the female awardees and advised them not to disappoint the NYSC Scheme and Unity bank but imbibe the spirit of hardwork and sincerity of purpose.

“Never despise the days of little beginning but hope for greater heights. Take the seed grant that has been given to you to develop yourselves and the society”, she said.

The Director, Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Mr Hilary Nasamu advised the Corps beneficiaries to adhere strictly to the template of their business proposals.

He said the Scheme would continue to monitor their progress on quarterly basis.

He urged them to strive to have two employees within the first eighteen months and four employees within the first two years.

“This is a grant without interest. You must continue to dedicate yourselves to this opportunity and don’t forget to seek expert’s advise at all times”, he added.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Asks Christians, Muslims To Jointly Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry



President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians asked both Christians and Muslims to unite and jointly pray against tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry.

He also called for practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness noting that unity and solidarity among all citizens is imperative especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with multiple challenges.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood, and love amongst all.

 “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari said further that it is noteworthy and delightful to see “Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.”

He added that “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”

The President, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

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