Lagos, Dec. 20, 2022. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says that plans are ongoing with financial institutions and other stakeholders to provide startup loans for corps members to actualise business dreams.
Mrs Christy Ubah, the NYSC Acting Director-General, gave the remark during her address at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch C, Stream II programme, held on Tuesday at the Orientation Camp in Agege, Lagos.
Ubah was represented by Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, State Cordinator, NYSC Lagos.
Ubah said that the management of the scheme would continue to explore avenues for optimising the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programmes.
“I have received impressive reports on your participation in the entrepreneurial training conducted in camp under the NYSC SAED programme.
“I encourage you to build on it by availing yourselves of opportunities for post-camp training, as this will go a long way in empowering you for self-reliance.
“On our part, we are liaising with financial institutions and other stakeholders with a view to providing startup loans to enable you to actualise your business dreams,” she said.
The NYSC acting director general enjoined the corps members to be law-abiding while serving as role models for the younger ones.
She advised them to be good ambassadors of the scheme, their families and institutions of graduation.
Ubah warned them against meddling in local politics but to be security conscious at all times.
She called on local government authorities and traditional rulers to provide the necessary support to the corps members.
The acting director general also appealed to employers to always accept and mentor corps members posted to them, and make necessary provisions for their welfare.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his address, expressed delight at the reports received.
“The human capital development of our youth remains the top-most on the programmes of our administration and we will continue to create an enabling environment for our youths to unleash their potential,” he said.
On the sidelines, Baderinwa assured that the corps members had been exposed, and impacted with adequate knowledge, skills and capacity to make a difference in any area they will find themselves.
According to her, they are leaving the camp well-informed about what will help them chart a course for themselves, their community and places of primary assignment.
“We expect and appeal that corps members should be given opportunities by their employers to do the job and gain experience, and not just be used as office clerks,” she said.
Three corps camp directors got letters of commendation for their commitment and outstanding performances in general activities during the three-week orientation course.