BY DUSTAN AGHEDO, Lagos
The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has reviewed its compulsory orientation exercise in a bid to empower, boost and encourage Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) amongst corps members in the country.
This was revealed at the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Orientation Workshop forum by NYSC managers and her collaborating partners to review previous orientation courses aimed at tackling identified challenges while mapping out new strategies for successful conduct of the forthcoming orientation exercise.
In his welcome address at the workshop, with the theme “Reinvigorating the NYSC Orientation Course for a Successful Service Year,” on Monday, in Lagos, the Director-General, NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, explained that the choice of theme was borne out of the desire to sustain proper induction and preparation of eligible graduates for dedicated and hitch-free service to the nation.
He disclosed that the scheme is working tirelessly towards ensuring the successful conduct of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ orientation course nationwide.
The DG lauded the efforts of the Lagos state government in its approach towards success of the orientation course in the state.
“The partnership of Lagos State Employment Trust Fund with NYSC aimed at providing start-up business capital for corps members who have undergone the SAED training is a welcome development,” Ibrahim added.
Declaring the workshop opened, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said, “there are more grounds to cover and new grounds to break in the realisation of a more developed and greater Nigeria through youth reorientation and empowerment, both in entrepreneurial and leadership skills.”
Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, said his administration will deepen the existing partnership between NYSC and the Lagos State Government as it concerns SAED trainings, as well as empowerment for self- development.