On Wednesday, the National Youth Service Corps appealed to the appropriate authorities to assist in the implementation of its Trust Fund.
The request was made by NYSC Director-General Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim during the NYSC Trust Fund’s 2021 Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development festival, which had the theme “NYSC SAED: A Gateway to National Development.”
The program, according to Ibrahim, is in accordance with the NYSC’s commitment to re-energize and enhance the SAED program’s impact.
He said, “I am confident that the gains of the SAED programme will be enhanced if the proposed National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund becomes a reality.
“Apart from providing adequate facilities for more impactful vocational and entrepreneurship training, it will also be a sustainable source of business financing for the corps members. That way, we will be achieving greater feats in empowering our graduate youths for self-employment and wealth creation. I, therefore, appeal to the relevant authorities to support the actualization of the Trust Fund.”
He praised corps members for taking advantage of the SAED’s self-employment opportunity, and reaffirmed management’s commitment to working with diverse partners to help them realize their entrepreneurial goals.
“Accordingly, this festival is designed to showcase your various business and vocational skills to Nigerian investors, provide for you the opportunity for networking as well as attract funding and technical support. I, therefore, urge you to make good use of this opportunity to enhance your skills while also promoting the much desired national unity and integration,” Ibrahim added.
Earlier, the Director of SAED, Hilary Nasamu, said over the next three days, a total of 222 skill competitors will engage themselves in a process that would produce three top prize winners in each of the skills.
“Even though a few will emerge tops, all of you and the Scheme will be winners ultimately, as this event will serve to expose your talents to public patronage and sponsorship. Therefore, it is not a do-or-die affair. You must remain committed to the ideals of National unity and integration even as you compete amongst yourselves,” he said.