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Unemployment: NYSC charges corps members on entrepreneurial skills

By Katurak Yashim As part of its efforts to reduce the youth unemployment rate in Nigeria, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) tasked corps members to build on the entrepreneurial skills taught during the orientation course.

Brig.-Gen. NYSC CEO Shuaibu Ibrahim said this during the closing ceremony for the 2021 Batch “B” Orientation Course, held at NYSC Orientation Camp, Kubwa, FCT.

Ibrahim, who was represented by Mr. Suleiman Abdul, NYSC FCT Coordinator, assured corps members that the program will work with stakeholders to maximize the impact of vocational training.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) program was introduced in March 2012 to teach corps members entrepreneurial skills.

“The NYSC SAED program aims to equip you for self-employment and wealth creation.

“I am delighted with the enthusiasm you have shown during the professional and entrepreneurial training carried out in the camp.

“I encourage you to build on the skills you have learned by taking advantage of post-camp training opportunities.

“For our part, we will continue to strengthen our partnership with the relevant stakeholders to optimize the impact of the program. “

reports that the National Bureau of Statistics “Unemployment and Under-employment Report – Quarter 4 (Q4), 2017, to Quarter 3 (Q3), 2018”, reveals that the unemployment rate in Nigeria fell from 18.8% to the third quarter 2017 at 23.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018.

Also reports that the managing director, in a nationwide virtual address to corps members on September 20, said the program had partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria to support corps members with business loans.

The other partners are Access Bank, Bank of Industry, Unity Bank, NYSC Foundation and Leventis Foundation.

Ibrahim also said the program is working to create an NYSC trust fund to be used to provide seed money to corps members after the year of service.

The chief executive further urged corps members to remain safety-conscious throughout the year of service, saying the program constantly works with security agencies to keep them safe.

“Let me stress that you need to be security aware at all times.

“In particular, I advise you to avoid risky commitments such as staying out late at night, attending late-night parties, visiting dangerous places and accepting car trips from strangers.

“I implore you to avoid drug abuse and trafficking, cybercrime, advance fraud and other vices. Also, don’t forget that engaging in the local politics of your host communities is a no-go area for you.

“Statistics from the relevant agencies have shown that overnight travel is a major risk factor for road accidents and that such accidents occurring at night make rescue efforts unsuccessful.”

In an interview with, Dr. Jessy Melchizedeck, Corps Member and Computer Science graduate from Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State, described the NYSC SAED program as “a laudable initiative”.

“The NYSC SAED program is a very laudable initiative, I participated in professional training in leather goods. I plan to continue practicing this skill after I leave camp to further improve my skills.

“I not only want to help myself but also help others by starting a leather goods business. The NYSC initiative is greatly appreciated.

“Before becoming a member of the corps, I knew nothing about leather goods; I just knew leathers are made and people probably make them.

“In two weeks, I was able to learn how to cut leathers and put them together to make a product. “

Miss Moyuoluwa Olajide, a graduate in surveying and geoinformatics from Akure Federal University of Technology, thanked the NYSC for presenting the SAED program.

Olajidi said vocational training has given corps members the opportunity to learn new skills and discover the skills innate within them.

“I acquired skills in software design. The SAED program is interesting because it helps body members understand their innate skills.

“Most people couldn’t code and didn’t think they could, but thanks to our tutor, we knew it was possible and that there were countless opportunities outside us as software designers. .

reports that 1,344 corps members have registered for the 2021 service year of the “B” part of the component II and have participated in the orientation course.

Corps members are expected to receive their assignment letters after orientation and immediately begin major assignments.

Source: NAN

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