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Lagos NYSC tasks outgoing corps members on utilisation of skills acquired

By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu

Lagos, Oct. 21, 2021 (NAN) Mr Eddy Megwa, State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos, has advised outgoing corps members of the 2020 Batch B, Stream 1 to make use of the skills acquired while in camp to ensure their financial independence.

According to him, the skills acquisition initiative, being part of the programmes of the scheme, is aimed at reducing unemployment in the country.

Megwa gave the advice at the passing out ceremony of 4,595 2020 Batch B, Stream 1 corps members which held on Thursday, at the Ifako Ijaiye Customary Court, Iju Ishaga.

He noted that the passing out ceremony was observed on a low key following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hs said: “There is need for corps members to apply acquired skills and be self reliant in order to earn income, as it may no longer be expected of you to still be any form of burden on your parents or guardians

“It gladdens my heart that the Batch B, Stream 1 have successfully served their fatherland and completed the mandatory one year NYSC requirements, I must congratulate them all for this feat.

“We are all aware that white collar jobs are scarce, so we have therefore taught them how to be independent, via skills acquisition programmes, which so many of them had imbibed.

“As they are going into the public space, I urge them to bring to bear these acquired skills, because this is time to showcase what the NYSC have taught them, in the last one year,” he said.

The coordinator said that for decades, the scheme had been used significantly, to foster national unity and peace among different ethic groups, religion, particularly among teaming youths of the nation.

“We have been able to use this national service period to dispel lots of negative thinking about the different ethnic groups of the country, the scheme have brought them together.

“Those of them from the north or east have an issue; they always feel there is a lot juju in Yoruba land, but they have come and they have seen that there’s nothing like that.

“And that is what NYSC is doing; to make sure there’s mobility of labour from one part of the country to the other and to make sure that they go to give socioeconomic services to other parts of the country,” Megwa noted.

The scheme also identified two corps members in the batch and were given certificates of merit.

He said that the awardees were identified for the award for distinguishing themselves with individual projects in health and ICT.

According to him, a few of them would equally have their service year repeated and extended, for violating camp rules, indiscipline and absconding for months during the period.

Megwa made the disclosure at the passing out ceremony of 4,595 2020 Batch B, Stream 1corp members that held on Thursday, at the Ifako Ijaiye Customary Court, Iju Ishaga.

He noted that the passing out ceremony was observed on a low key following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We are holding it on a low key, giving them their certificate of national service in different local government,” he explained.

Applauding the efforts of the latest entrants into the labour market, Megwa said most of them served in government schools, adding that they have become role models to the younger ones.

He noted that children in secondary schools, too were looking forward to becoming corps members some day, wear uniforms, speak and behave like them and that was what the NYSC was doing.

“Even within this period, most of them across board from the north south, and even west too, have found themselves and so many of them, are going to get married,” Megwa added.

One of the corps members who shared his experience while in camp noted that his experience fell in line with his expectations.

He added that Lagos, in spite of being the economic hub of Nigeria, has maintained the culture of accommodating everyone.

He, however, urged the government to invest more on the youth, by creating job opportunities and empowerment programmes/packages, as a way of prioritising youths related matters, being leaders of tomorrow.

“We have some youths who want to start small scale businesses, so it will not be out of place if government can empower them by making available, soft loans, to take off.

“In a situation where the things are put in proper perspective, not youth will not be depending on the government, but rather contribute their quota to economic development.” he added. (NAN)

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