Justify NYSC Huge Investment In SAED – Leke Abiodun Urges Corps Members

The Director, Audit, National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Leke Abiodun addressing 2022 Batch 'B' (Stream II) corps members during SAED Competition/Exhibition at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State.

One of the top management staff of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr Leke Abiodun has revealed that it took the Scheme a pragmatic approach to birth the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

Mr Leke Abiodun who is Director, Audit at the Directorate Headquarters made this revelation when he addressed 2022 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State.

He stated that in order to appreciate the ingenuity and creativity of the noble Scheme, successive corps members should take seriously the programme so that the labour invested in its establishment ten years ago would not be in vain.

While stressing that NYSC has factored in every corps member into the intervention, he appealed to them to see the programme as an invaluable contribution aimed at making them great and successful individuals who will remain grateful to the Federal Government for the establishment of the NYSC.

“Gentlemen corps members, it is instructive to let you know that NYSC is taking the SAED to an enviable height and I want to say here that immediately after the NYSC Trust Fund bill receives the blessings of Mr President, the Scheme will be fully prepared to enhance and empower as many that are ready to make a living from the skills acquired during the service year.

“Do not see the programme as a mere wasting of time or your participation as a forced responsibility which must be fulfilled as part of orientation course content but rather invest your time and resources wholly in it to have an edge in the labour market. Those who shared our vision from the time the programme was established till date have good testimonies to tell and I want you to join the winning team.”

The Director whose visit of oversight function to the camp coincided with the closing ceremony of SAED activities asserted that the service year should be a period of personal investment as well as the impact on host communities.

“My dear compatriots in the service to the fatherland, period of national service is not a time to gallivant aimlessly but to sit down, invest in your personal development as well as make a huge impact on your host communities,” he said.

In her welcome address, the State Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Nnenna Ani thanked the Director of Audit for coming during the auspicious occasion to expose the corps members to the SAED programme.

She disclosed that all the registered corps members took an active part in the in-camp training with much vigour and commitment and this has encouraged the NYSC management in Ondo State to incorporate more skills into the competition/exhibition.

The Head, of the SAED programme who was represented by Mrs Olubunmi Ayodele, appreciated all the sponsors and trainers for committing their respective time and investment to make the programme a success.

At the end of the competition, the number 10 platoon took the glory in Fashion and Design through Ibeh, Chibuzor Zita, code number OD/22B/2670 while in the Food Processing category, the number 9 platoon was represented by corps member Aghazobe,  Osas Joy, code number OD/22C/2529. 

In Gele tying, number 2 platoon carried the day through corps member Ameh, Ojoma Glory with code number OD/22B/2212. Different sub-skill sets showcased what they learnt during the in-camp training and made presentations to Branches and Units in which OBS received a burglary proof donated by the Fabrication and Welding sub-set.

The visiting Director of Audit apart from expressing his token of appreciation to the best three competitors in the competition held equally extended his hands of hospitality to the Cultural Troupe, Quarter Guard and NYSC Parade Band.

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