The Director General National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has urged Corps members to take advantage of the Scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneu- rship Development (SAED) programme in order to become self-employed and job creators.
He made the call during his tours to ten states, as first phase of his on-the-spot assessment of orientation camps during the ongoing 2019 Batch ‘B’ Orientation course.
The Director General who was at Nasarawa, FCT, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Jigawa, Borno, Kano and Kaduna orientation camps emphasized that embracing SAED is the sole panacea to the growing rate of unemployment not only in Nigeria but globally.
Speaking further, General Ibrahim revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria has accepted to partner with NYSC in boosting Corps members’ chances of becoming great entrepreneurs, by coming up with a plan that will provide them with start-up loans in forms of tools and/or equipments, after undergoing SAED training.
The NYSC helmsman said “Jobs are not readily available. But as graduates who have ideas and focus, you can achieve success in life. Ideas bring money.
“So, I want you to take the entrepreneurship training seriously. After the training, come up with your business plans: the Centre Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry are ready to support you with start-up loans.”
He also advised them to face their primary assignment and community development service with due diligence, so as to add value to their communities of service, and as well distinguish themselves for commendation.
The 18th Chief Executive Officer of the NYSC also told the Corps members to be security conscious at all times and places; and enjoined them to use the security tips provided to them as guide to safety. Closely related to that, he warned them to desist from unauthorized journeys, night parties, free ride from strangers and the like.
He challenged the Corps members to get themselves fully acquainted with the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws, and abide by the contents of the two documents in order not to be found wanting.
The Director General concluded by asking the Corps members to appreciate and respect the cultures of their host communities, and strive for continued existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the Scheme.