The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has admonished corps members to be committed to Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, training rather than allow the present circumstances to hinder their reasoning.
The state coordinator made the admonition while flagging off 2022 Batch ‘C’ (Stream II) SAED activities at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
Ani said that prospective corps members should be wealth creators and not be pensive, disillusioned or frustrated youths pounding the streets of major cities looking for elusive jobs.
“My dear children in the service to the fatherland, NYSC has provided you with enduring legacy known as Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, programme to make you prepare for the future which we all know is in your hands”.
“The global economy is nothing to cheer about presently but NYSC through her deliberate and extensively youth-friendly programme came up with fantastic intervention known as SAED ten years ago to train and empower members of the service corps to be financially independent and job creators during and after the service year.”
The NYSC Ondo State boss praised the ingenuity of the scheme for thinking outside the box to make teeming graduate youths discover themselves and contribute to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the country.
“Fellow compatriots, you have potentials in untapped human capital, energy, resourcefulness, creativity and adaptive ability. Participation in this programme is a rare privilege for you to give these positive attributes full expression in order to blossom and find fulfillment.”
She disclosed that corps participants will find opportunities to be economically active as entrepreneurs or be self-employed in their own business/profession if they embrace any of the 12 business skills approved by the NYSC management.
“A twenty eight hour period in nine days has been dedicated to the SAED training in the twenty-one (21) days orientation course. You will be taught what a business is, who the entrepreneur is and what is required to be successful. You will also learn some foundation skills you need in business such as personal qualities like taking responsibility, leadership, ethics and management skills,” she said.
The state coordinator disclosed that NYSC had created opportunities for financing of corps business proposals through many channels and urged them to leverage on the positive disposition of the scheme and create names and brands for themselves.
The Assistant Director/Head SAED, Prince Olugbenga Justus Adefehinti, admonished the prospective corps members on the need to embrace the intervention which is primarily designed to reduce graduate unemployment and means of eradicating poverty in the society.
Prince Adefehinti charged the prospective corps members to be independent enough to choose a skill or vocation and not follow the paths of friends or colleagues.
The Trainers/Facilitators introduced their skills and encouraged the corps participants to patronise them for a guaranteed future.