…As Kogi Monarch Pours Encomiums On Pastor Williams, State NYSC Management
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed has said there will be transformational changes in the scheme’s Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.
He said this on Monday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the Unity Walk involving staff and youth corps members to launch celebrations for the scheme’s 50th anniversary.
Ahmed said the scheme had recorded giant strides in its 50 years of existence and that the SAED programme had helped in ensuring youth corps members became self-employed after the service year.
The NYSC boss said: “After passing out from service, youth corps members can start their entrepreneurship, instead of depending on the government for employment, and they turn out to be employers of labour.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, the Obaro of Kabba, Kogi State
“However, we want to carry out transformational changes in terms of skill acquisition.
“This is so that a lot of youth corps members after service will no longer sit back and wait for government work
but will depend on themselves, establish their own businesses and turn out to be employers of labour.
“We believe that most especially with the NYSC Trust Fund, it will give opportunity for the NYSC to achieve this.”
On progress toward the realisation of the bill for the trust fund to become a law, he said it was awaiting the President’s assent.
“So, we want to make people know that we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Apart from that is a normal routine to exercise
ourselves. Youth corps members and staff alike all exercise ourselves, you know that all walk without play makes Jack a dull boy.”
He commended youth corps members’ inputs to the success of the 2023 general elections, saying “we have done a lot, especially during
general elections: NYSC members from over 75 per cent of the ad hoc staff.”
The NYSC Director, of Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa, who said that the Unity Walk was to commence the NYSC@50 celebration, added that “the scheme wants Nigerians to know what it has been doing over the years.
“We want to announce to Nigerians that from inception in 1973 till date, we have come of age and we have made our impact.
“We have told Nigerians that NYSC is a scheme to beat. We are everywhere in the local government areas and in all the states of the federation,
even where indigenes from regions or particular states are not willing to work, youth corps members are there”, he also said.
In a related development, the Kogi State NYSC commenced its week-long activity to celebrate NYSC at 50 programmes like its counterparts across the 36 states of the federation and FCT, with a Unity Walk.
Specifically, the anniversary activities was flagged off by the State Coordinator, Pastor Mrs M.A Williams with a 5km Unity Walk, in a united body of serving Corps Members in Kabba LGA, an NYSC Band and selected course officials who took off from the Orientation camp, through Kabba township, to the Palace of the Obaro of Kabba, His Royal Majesty Oba Solomon Owoniyi.
The Obaro of Kabba who received the management of NYSC and corps members, recounted his NYSC days and experiences 44 years ago.
The monarch thanked the founding fathers of the great scheme and eulogize the achievements of the Scheme in fostering national unity.
He especially appreciated the State Coordinator for her transformation works at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp and lauded the management of the Scheme for their continuous transformation of the Scheme to meet present-day realities.
The Unity walk was concluded successfully with a return walk to the Orientation camp.