The Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), General Shuaibu Ibrahim has decried the rate of unemployment amongst discharged ex-corps members.
He said that such development lead to increase in rate of criminalities in the country.
Ibrahim made this known on Facebook, in his welcome address to the 2020 Batch ‘B’ Stream One (A) Corps Members, who began their 3 weeks orientation camp trainings across the country.
But he stressed that in a bid to make members employable, it had to introduce and expose them to skill acquisition courses.
“A corollary to the above is the issue of financial security. It is quite worrisome to note that a lot of ex- Corps Members who got discharged from service as far back as ten years are yet to be gainfully employed. This sorry state of affairs has brought about despondency and dejection on the part of some serving Corps Members. It equally fans the embers of criminality and depravity such as robbery, advance fee fraud, prostitution, drug peddling and abuse to mention but a few.
“In an attempt to stem this tide, the Scheme introduced Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme into the Orientation Course content. Prior to this intervention, the Scheme had been in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, now SDGs.
“These collaborations bordered on impartation of entrepreneurial skills to Corps Members for self reliance. NYSC is desirous of raising a crop of youths that will be employers of labour, rather than an army of restive job seekers, trudging the streets of Nigeria in search of scarcely available white collar jobs,” he stated.
As such, he advised them to play by the rules throughout their service year, so they can be discharged in grand style and transformed into assets to the society at large.
“I feel highly gratified to address you as you commence another phase in your lives as members of the National Youth Service Corps, an elite Scheme that parades a pool of enlightened and sophisticated class of Nigerian youths, pulled together from diverse backgrounds, with a united purpose of building a strong, indivisible and egalitarian entity.
“On behalf of NYSC family, I most heartily welcome you aboard the ship of nation building.
“My dear virile youths, your sojourn in the ship of nation building is a life – time opportunity, and I implore you to utilise it maximally. Some of your predecessors who heeded this counsel are today business owners, doing very well in their various businesses and contributing positively to the growth of Nigerian economy.
“At the end of the three-week programme, you will be posted to all the nooks and crannies of the state to commence the second, third and final phases of the service. Posting to areas of primary assignment will be to four key sectors; Education, Health, Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure. For those of you seeking relocation on the basis of marriage, or serious health challenge, I want to assure you that each case will be treated based on its merit.
“My dear youths, the Nation that has called you up for service expects so much from you and you must never disappoint the people of Nigeria. The motto of NYSC remains: Service and Humility. Let this be your guiding principle all through the duration of the programme.
“I admonish you to love and coexist harmoniously with members of your host community. As much as possible, try and make positive impact in the community by leaving it better than you met it. Get integrated into the community, learning the language and culture of the people, knowing their norms and avoiding their taboos. Please, never get involved in their local politics or show partisanship in national politics. Involvement in partisan politics is only permissible when you are done with service,” he stated.
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