Twelve serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Anambra State, on Wednesday, were celebrated by officials of the scheme after getting married to each other.
The couples, who are of 2019 Batch ‘C’ set, said they met each other in camp during their orientation before proceeding to their places of primary assignments in various parts of the state.
Those who got married include Eze Obinna and Oluchi Peace, Henry Nwachoko and Charles Ruth, Oluchukwu Davis and Ahedo Etiosa, Nsofor Obianuju and Ohale Nkemakolam, Ogburie Collins and Nwokearu Chinyeremaka, as well as Bernard Faith Amarachi and Okafor Chukwudi.
Anambra State NYSC coordinator, Kehinde Aremu addressing the couples during a reception for them, described the event as unique, saying there had never been an assemblage of marriage of that magnitude in the history of the scheme.
He said: “We thank Governor Willie Obiano for creating a conducive environment and his commitment towards welfare of Corps members in the state.
“This success story doesn’t end with the service year. Anambra is conducive for everything. If the environment was unfriendly, this couldn’t have been possible. You have invested in emotions, but you should also invest money in developing the state.”
Also, the Assistant Director, Corps Welfare and Health Services, Ify Nwafor, said one of the reasons for the establishment of the scheme was for integration, including chances for corps members to meet the love of their lives.
“Marriage as a journey can be both fun and hell. You came, you served and you got married. I pray for you all to have a joyful and loving married life,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the new couples, Onyema Nwachoko said he met his wife while she was praying at the family house of the Christian Corpers’ Fellowship, adding that without NYSC he would not have met his wife.