Translate From Youth Service To Business Owners – Ag. Director SWAO Tell Corps Members


By Otemuyiwa

The Ag. Director NYSC Southwest Area Office, Mr. Kehinde Aremu-Cole has told the 2022 Batch C Stream II Corps Members to translate from the youth service to being business owners and entrepreneurs. He stated that the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme of the NYSC is a platform that affords Corps Members the opportunity to achieve this.

Addressing the Corps Members during his working visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, on Wednesday, Aremu made it known that the Small Medium Enterprise, SME, is a driving force in the socioeconomic development of any country, citing China as an example of a developed country whose production force depends majorly on the SMEs and urged Corps Members to take the SAED programme seriously.

Aremu, who spoke extensively on the SAED programme, its importance and relevance to the nation’s socio-economic development, also enlightened the Members on the need for them to transform from themselves first before talking about transforming the nation.

According to him, the Corps Members need to recalibrate their mindset about life and the issues of life if they really wish to be drivers of change in society. He called on them to be humble and open to learning new things as no man knows it all.

On the spate of unemployment in the Country, he urged Corps Members to take advantage of the opportunity to learn practical and entrepreneurial skills provided by the Orientation Course and emphasized the availability of funding options open to those who show high levels of dedication and seriousness in their respective skills, provided by various organisations who partnered with NYSC such as CBN, the Bank of Industry (BOI), among others.

Aremu made it known that Orientation lectures were carefully selected and packaged to meet current trends and challenges stating that real men are made in the lecture hall as they are men who were open to learning and relearning.

He implored them to take heed to the details of each lecture given to them on security, NYSC, the SAED Entrepreneurship Development Programme, professional orientation and a host of others. He made it known that adherence to the details of the lectures will spell success for them throughout the service year.

“The NYSC is a platform you have graduated to, therefore, take this platform seriously and leverage on it to achieve your dreams. Have a producer mindset rather than a consumer mindset. Learn to invest and don’t consume every resource that comes your way.

“Most of these opportunities are only available to you while you are serving and may not be readily available after your service. I charge you to make the most of them now as time and tide wait for no man”, he said.

He also enjoined the Corps Members to abstain from actions that could mar their names and that of their families. He said that unapproved journeys, night journeys and night crawling and partying especially in secluded environments should be shunned by all. He urged them to be disciplined and patriotic in their deportment throughout the service year.

Earlier, Aremu thanked Camp Officials for their commitment and loyalty to the Scheme and its mandate. He also commended Corps Members for their comportment and high sense of responsibility and discipline displayed based on the report he had received from the State. He urged them to keep up the good work and continue to represent their Alma mater and families well.

Meanwhile, the NYSC Osun State Coordinator, Mrs Olayinka Abdulwahab has described the 2022 Batch C Stream II Corps Members as a wonderful set of disciplined Corps Members who followed diligently Camp rules and regulations.

She said this while briefing the Ag. Director SWAO, Mr Aremu-Cole on the disposition of the Corps Members on Camp. She stated that the Camp has been very peaceful with every Official going about their duties diligently and cheerfully.

She appreciated the Director for deeming it fit to visit the Corps Members and Camp Officials at the ongoing Orientation Course.

In a related development, interacting with NYSC Officials on Camp, Aremu encouraged them to develop a savings culture turning their savings into investments and also to consciously take calculated steps in ensuring and maintaining peace in their homefront in spite of the demands of their jobs.

Mr Aremu appreciated the Corps Members and gave cash gifts to Quarter Guard, Band and the Orientation Broadcasting Service commending the OBS for their selfless service and contribution to the success of each Orientation Course describing them as people who work behind the scene to ensure success of every Camp activity.

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