The NYSC Foundation is set to launch new Youth Empowerment initiative in order to assist serving and ex-Corps Members of adequate opportunities to make use of their talents and harness their potentials in promoting the socioeconomic development of the country.
Francis Erekosima, the chairman of NYSC foundation, stated this when he led members of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation on a duty visit to the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office.
The chairman, while updating the director-general on the scheme of work of the Foundation, said it has empowered more than 130 ex-Corps Members with soft loans, and provision of welfare facilities including other interventions in some orientation camps.
He also disclosed that the Foundation is also planning to create a platform for all ex-Corps members through a unique national convention with the aim of mentorship and support to ex and serving Corps Members and other interventions for the Scheme.
According to the chairman, the “Youth First initiative”, is targeted at providing a bankable platform for empowering youth on entrepreneurship development. He said:
“We intend to use this project as a major hub in sourcing for funds through grants, donations and project support for the implementation of the Youth First Programme,”
Responding, the NYSC director- general, Shuaibu Ibrahim, commended the efforts of the Foundation and renewed his commitment to assisting corps members of the opportunities to harness their potentials through many empowerment programmes.
He said the scheme had build up its skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme, with strong partnerships with funding agencies like CBN, BOI, Unity Bank, Access Bank among others, to give more grants and training to youth entrepreneurs.
In addition the director general urged the Foundation to sustain its advocacy for more support that would enhance the finances of the NYSC Trust Fund and provide the necessary support to graduate youth entrepreneurs.