The Ondo State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has tasked corps members to rise above the challenges created by lack of adequate employment and embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the NYSC in order to conquer the world.
The State Coordinator made the statement when she declared open the SAED activities for the 2021 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) service year.
Mrs. Ani said that NYSC came up with the programme in 2012 when the rate of unemployment is rising among Nigerian graduates and in some cases, the job seekers lack the practical skills to compete for the available jobs in the Nigerian economy.
“This troubling situation to closing the identified gaps made the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to build the capacity of corps members to gain the required entrepreneurship and hands-on skills to cope with the challenges of unemployment and global socio-economic downturn”.
According to her, the NYSC SAED mandate is to contribute meaningfully to the attainment of the SDG which is the reduction of extreme poverty and hunger, among others.
“The programme is a nationwide initiative targeting the Nigerian graduates mobilised for the one-year national service. It is designed to be implemented within the framework of the camp (in-camp) and the service year (post-camp) of the corps members”.
“My dear corps members, I want to let you know that the present situation should be used as a stepping stone to achieving greatness in life. You should not resign to fate because unemployment is higher in the land but grab this golden opportunity of SAED and key in into it”.
“Your predecessors took to our golden advice and today, they have good testimonies to share. Besides this, many have become owners of small and medium scale enterprises, courtesy NYSC”.
The Ondo State NYSC boss disclosed that SAED Department has created opportunities for financing of corps business proposal through many channels.
“NYSC through Unity Bank is funding bankable business proposal competition aimed at improving the ability of corps members and bridge the gap in the quality of bankable business proposals. Unity Bank is bank-rolling an enterprise development programme titled ‘Corpreneurship’ in the NYSC orientation camps which will offer a sandwich training and competition, leading to the award of business funds as prizes”.
“British America Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has bankrolled a programme of agro-entrepreneurial training where corps members who emerge from a competitive process, undergo training and mentoring in big farm establishments, and are empowered with money, land, agricultural inputs, and services to the tune of #5m, #3m and #1.5m respectively”.
The State Coordinator announced that NYSC has also concluded the details of a partnership with Leventis Foundation Nigeria for a pilot programme during the ongoing orientation course in 12 selected orientation camps.
“Leventis Foundation Nigeria (LFN) will open its four special farm settlements and agro-business training institutes to 20 corps members who will undergo internship for one year as their primary assignment. These set of corps members will be established as entrepreneurs in the post-training package by the LFN”
“Additionally, the opportunity will be made available to 100 other corps members for the short duration entrepreneurial training which will also attract varying offers of assistance to establish their agro-allied businesses” she concluded.
Earlier, the Head of Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme on camp, Mrs. Olubunmi Ayodele thanked the State Coordinator for her unflinching support to the programme as well as the sponsors for identifying with the event.
Mrs. Ayodele tasked the corps members to see the programme as an avenue to rewrite their stories and become sought-after entrepreneurs and captains of industries.
In her goodwill message, the Camp Director, Mrs. Itohan Ehimwenma encouraged the corps members to make the sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.
Mrs. Ehimwenma, who as the arrowhead of SAED activities in Ondo State, transformed the programme which has now become the envy other Secretariats wanted the corps members to embrace the programme with passion
“You need to develop your commitment above mere interest but be passionate about it so that you will have the assurance that whatever you invested will come back to you in multiple folds,” she said.
Highlights of the events included sharing testimonies by serving corps members of what they have gained and achieved through the programme and which has transformed their lives and make them independent.