The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has re-strategised its approach in assisting government in tackling the monster of youth unemployment in the country.
Governor Aminju Bello Masari of Katsina State, who revealed this at the swearing-in of 2016 Batch ‘B’ 2705 corps members deployed to the state in the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Katsina on Monday, hailed the new strategy of the scheme to meet the needs of youths as innovative and creative.
Represented by his special adviser on youth Development, Ibrahim Khalil Aminu, the governor pointed out that the NYSC management had expanded the scope of skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development for both in-camp and post-camp training and the duration of the in-camp training.
“The posture of the scheme goes to show that it is ever ready to assist government in handling the ugly monster of youth unemployment. My administration shall continue to provide avenue and facilities for both in-camp and post-camp training. It is my fervent prayer that corps members deployed to the state will avail themselves of this uncommon gesture of government,” he said.
He also gave assurance that government had directed security operatives to ensure water-tight security within the camp and indeed in all parts of the state for the security of all in the state.
“You should therefore relax your minds and concentrate on the activities in camp and get the best out of the orientation course,” he added.
In his speech, the NYSC state coordinator, Mr. John Okpo, disclosed that the 1611 male and 1094 female corps members registered for this service year in the camp represented the highest number ever posted to the state.
According to him, greater attention would be laid on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development during the orientation period to enable the youths imbibe skills for their expected role as future leaders.
His words, “This is a deliberate effort in the NYSC to expose all of you to various skill areas for you to choose one or two skills that will make you self reliant thereby assisting in the economic development of the country.”
Okpo however warned that the objective of the orientation course might not be fully achieved if the youths did not carefully participate in all the camp’s activities.
(Culled from Leadership)