From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has charged the 1115 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to his state to pay adequate attention to the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training that will be provided as part of their orientation programme.
Sule stated this at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2023 Batch B Stream I orientation course held at Magaji Dan-Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Friday.
The governor, who was represented by Mr. Alphonsus Mai-Keffi, Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry for Special Duties, Legal Matters and Youth Affairs, stated that enrolling in SAED training and demonstrating interest will significantly help to end the unemployment crisis currently afflicting the entire country.
“It is in the light of this that I enjoin you to pay attention to the lectures on salient national topics and on the NYSC scheme that you will receive. I am also aware you would undergo training on the SAED programme. Therefore I urge to take the SAED training seriously.
“Nasarawa state is peaceful and you will come to see it as a home away from home. Let me reiterate that your security is guaranteed,” Sule said.
He therefore urged them to take the SAED programme seriously in order to accomplish the stated objectives for which it was designed, namely acquiring skills to be independent contractors and business owners.
Earlier, Coordinator of the scheme in the State, Alhaji Abdullahi Jikamshi, congratulated the corps members for successfully completing their final examinations which qualified them to be called up for national service.
Jikamshi represented by Mr Olabode Felix, NYSC Camp Director for the 2023 Batch B Stream I orientation course in the Nasarawa state orientation camp charged the corps members to take every bit of the orientation course seriously as it will determine their level of success in the service year.
“The scheme has put several parameters in place to measure your performance during the service year as the scheme will not hesitate in meting out appropriate punishment on erring corps members.
“In a few days you will be witnessing the inauguration of the camp court which will try and punish erring corps members in accordance with the laws. I therefore charge you to shun all social vices ranging from cultism, consumption of illicit drugs, immoral acts among others,” he said.
Jikamshi who revealed that a total of 1115 corps members have been duly registered assured the corps that the scheme has carefully sourced for resourceful trainers who will train them on different skills which will enable them to be self-reliant due to the paucity of white collar jobs.
He commended the state government’s unwavering support for the initiative under Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s leadership and reminded him of the initiative’s call for the building of a suitable 3000 capacity Multipurpose Hall for lectures and hosting events.
The Voice reports that Brig. Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, Director General ( DG) of NYSC, was present to monitor the event.