The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has expressed its commitment to ensuring that corps members are fully empowered with relevant skills and other incentives that would reduce graduates unemployment and increase food sufficiency in the country.
The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shaibu Ibrahim disclosed this Tuesday, May 4, in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NYSC scheme and Leventis Foundation Nigeria.
According to a tweet on NYSC HQ official twitter handle, Ibrahim appreciated the management of Leventis Foundation for identifying with wealth creation and sustainable development.
He added that the scarcity of white collar jobs in the country made the incorporation of skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme into the NYSC orientation course content very compelling.
The programme is designed to empower corps members to be self-reliant and to be employers of labour after their service year.
He advised corps members to utilise the platform created to bring out their potentials.
Ibrahim said the NYSC scheme, associated with several agencies such as NALDA, ARMTI, IITA, among others, to empower corps members that have passion for agric business, adding that Borno State Government, working in conjunction with NALDA, recently trained some corps members as extension workers and soil doctors.
He advised the corps members to make good use of the opportunity, stressing that they should not wait for non-existent white collar jobs.
The chairman, Leventis Foundation Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmed Mantey, applauded the NYSC management for its dedication to youth empowerment.
He said that his Foundation has been involved in many poverty alleviation programmes, likewise granting of scholarship to several indigent students.
He promised that Leventis Foundation would continue to strive towards economic sustainability and increase food production with the involvement of corps members.
He further said that the agricultural institution has partnered Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and equally trained farmers in all the local government areas of Kaduna State on vegetable farming.
The Executive Director of Leventis Foundation, Dr Hope Ovie Usieta, represented by the General Manager, Finance and Administration, Mr Femi Oyedeji, said the foundation in its thirty-two years of existence has demonstrated strong commitment to charity for societal development.
He said the foundation, through its six agricultural training schools across the country, is committed to increasing the nation’s food basket.
He added that the foundation has trained more than 27,000 youths in modern farming and will also throw its doors open as part of its commitment to corps training and empowerment.
The Director General, led by the school principal, Mrs Agnes Yusuf, embarked on an inspection tour of the poultry and fish farm before leaving the school.