The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has an ambitious plan to build new orientation camps and expand existing ones across the country, the Director General, Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim has disclosed.
Gen. Ibrahim, while addressing corps members during his visit to the Kubwa Orientation Camp, Abuja, said the projects would be handled under the NYSC Trust Fund designed to enable the scheme maintain camp facilities nationwide.
The scheme will support corps members engaged in the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, Programme with business start-up capital.
However, due to its inability to fund the scheme, the NYSC has been engaging stakeholders in various sectors, to explore the imperatives of establishing the fund with their support.
The scheme had also submitted a formal proposal to the Federal Government requesting support for the initiative by presenting a bill at the National Assembly, on the establishment of an NYSC Trust Fund.
“Efforts are in top gear with other stakeholders for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund.
“This is to make funds available to you as you exit the service, to establish businesses in line with the skills you acquired during the NYSC SAED programme.
“If actualized, the Trust Fund will also be used to build new orientation camps, expand the existing camps, and maintain camp facilities among other priorities.
“I urge you to continue with the post-camp training of the NYSC SAED programme and strive to become employers of labour rather than seeking for the unavailable salaried jobs,” Ibrahim said.
He also urged the corps members to cherish their integrity during the service year, identify their skills, work hard, avoid cutting corners, and pursue their vision with passion, while using the NYSC platform to excel.
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