The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has said that the success of the maiden NYSC Skills and Entrepreneurship Festival will encourage the Federal Government in its drive for empowerment of youths for self-reliance.
She made the remark in a message to the closing ceremony of the SAED Festival, which took place at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja.
Hajiya Aisha, who was represented by a former Deputy Governor of Plateau State Dame Pauline Tallen, said the present administration endorsed the effort of the NYSC towards job creation, enhanced service delivery, and rural development through its skill acquisition training and other initiatives.
She further noted that the NYSC had demonstrated its capacity to contribute to government’s efforts at addressing youth unemployment and other challenges associated with the growth and development of the nation’s economy.
“With what I have seen here today, it is most gratifying to state that the skills on display are undeniably crucial in fast-tracking the socio-economic growth and development of Nigeria as a nation.
“I feel very proud to be associated with the success story of the NYSC SAED programme,” she added.
The President’s wife assured of her commitment to the sustenance of the SAED Festival as a measure to strengthen the capacity of the NYSC as an organization established for the purpose of responding to development challenges alongside its traditional role of enhancing national unity and integration.
While commending stakeholders that support the NYSC in driving the entrepreneurship programme, she urged other private organizations to key into the programme so as to harness the pool of resources in the Scheme for the purpose of repositioning and deepening the nation’s presence in the global economy.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, said the Festival was an innovative approach to ensuring the success of the SAED programme by providing platform for Corps members to showcase their skills in various vocational areas.
Kazaure said through the SAED programme, the NYSC was contributing towards alleviating the problem of graduate unemployment as well as changing the mindset of youths, which tends to be more inclined towards white collar jobs.
He said over nine hundred thousand Corps members had been sensitized under the programme as at the end of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course, while over seven thousand had gone ahead to establish businesses and were doing well.
The Director-General thanked the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of Industry and Heritage Bank for supporting the programme through the provision of start-up capital in the form of loans to Corps entrepreneurs.
He also spoke of the construction of the South West and the North East Zonal Skills Centres in Ekiti and Gombe State respectively as well as the flag-off of the one for South South in Delta State through public-private-partnership.
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