BY NAJIB SANI, BAUCHI
As part of efforts to surmount the problem of unemployment among Nigerian graduates, the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] has disclosed that plan is underway by the scheme to provide facilities for the training of Corps members on farming.
The NYSC Director General [DG] Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure made this disclosure yesterday when he visited the 2017 batch B stream 1 corps members posted to Bauchi State at their orientation camp in Wailo, Ganjuwa local government area of the state.
Represented by the director human resources of the NYSC headquarters Abuja, Mrs Comfort Makinde the DG explained that the gesture was in line with the federal government’s policy on local food production adopted by the scheme adding that government and non-governmental organizations could no longer provide jobs to all the teeming graduates being produced annually by universities and polytechnics across the nation.
‘’ The NYSC Scheme has also adopted the Federal Government policy on local food production by revamping all NYSC Farm settlements in the six Geopolitical zones. Facilities will be provided for the training of corps members who are interested in farming and also take advantage of the Agricultural value chain’’. He said.
Aside from that, the NYSC boss added that the management of the scheme has shown ‘tremendous concern for the future of the youths’ by putting in place a skill acquisition program tagged Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development [SAED] in response to the problem of graduate unemployment.
Responding, the state coordinator of the scheme Mr Afolayan James told the DG that a total of 2, 210 corps members were registered revealing that 104 out the number applied for relocation from the state on marital and health grounds.