The central aim of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to build the capacity of young graduates as well as provide the enabling conditions for them to cope with challenges of unemployment and achieving wealth creation received a boost as some corps members completed training in various skills.
The graduands, who belonged to the 2020 Batch ‘B’ service year trained at the NYSC Ondo State SAED Training Centre located within the premises of NYSC Zonal Office, Akure.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of corps members who enlisted for post-camp training, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani said that SAED will continue to make meaningful impacts on the lives of people in the society.
“SAED, as a component part of orientation course content, is one of the remarkable achievements of NYSC, which since establishment in 2012 has been serving as a veritable answer and reference point to corps members’ post-service unemployment”.
According to the State Coordinator, the training received at the centre is second to none and cannot be compared to what is obtainable outside because of the training modules and professional competence of the Trainers/Facilitators.
She used the platform to encourage corps members who are yet to decide on what to do to take advantage of the highly subsidised training with a flexible payment plan to join the winning team.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on the members of the service corps to reflect on what the future holds for you. It is no longer news that statistics on unemployment in rising on a daily basis and what can bring it down drastically is the skills and vocations which NYSC is adequately providing for the corps members”.
The State Coordinator who was represented by the Assistant Director/Head, SAED Mrs. Itohan Ehimwenma lauded the Trainers/Facilitators for their untiring efforts geared towards the promotion of corpreneurship and raising future captains of industries as well as established and outstanding small and medium scale business owners.
The corps graduands appreciated the NYSC Scheme for providing them with a platform to develop their entrepreneurship potentials and become well-equipped individuals to create wealth as well as create jobs.
The colourful and well-attended event, being the first since the post-COVID -19 era, featured testimonies, experience sharing, exhibition, drama presentation and practical demonstration of skills in Fashion and Design, Barbing and Decoration & Event Planning.