The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has re-strategised its approach on the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), for corps members, in an attempt to assist the government in tackling the monster of youth unemployment in the country.
This disclosure was made by the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, at the swearing-in of 2016 Batch ‘B’ (2705) corps members deployed to the state.
Speaking at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Katsina on Monday, Masari lauded the new strategy of the scheme to meet the needs of youths as innovative and creative.
Speaking on behalf of the governor, his special adviser on youth Development, Ibrahim Khalil Aminu, noted that the NYSC management had expanded the scope of SAED for both in-camp and post-camp training and the duration of the in-camp training.
He said: “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 venue 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 also assured the corps members that the state 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 response, Mr John Okpo, the NYSC state coordinator, said 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.
The state coordinator also averred that more attention during the orientation period would be laid on the SAED programme to enable the youths imbibe skills for their expected role as future leaders.
He said: “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.”