Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has appealed to corps members to take advantage of Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Deployment (SAED) Programmes to reduce youth unemployment after the service year.
Yahaya made the plea while declaring open, the 2019 batch B stream II orientation course at Amada temporary Orientation camp in Akko LGA of the state on Thursday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that 2019 Batch B Stream 2 Orientation Course for the National Youth Service Corps members began nationwide on August 20, and will last till Monday, Sept.9.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Manassah Jatau, said the importance of skill acquisition could not be over-emphasised, especially in this era of dearth of employment opportunities.
Yahaya added that such training would make them to be good entrepreneurs and employers of labour, rather than looking for white collar jobs.
He also assured the corps members of their security, welfare and well-being of every corps member posted to the state.
Mr David Markson, NYSC Gombe State Coordinator, said no fewer than 1,201 corps members were deployed to the state for the service years.
He called on them to understand that the scheme was established with good intentions to promote national unity and integration, as well as inculcate discipline in corps members, among others.
He emphasised that the SAED programme had gone a long way in equipping corps members to be self-reliant.
“ It has also in the last seven years, exposed corps members to the 12 set skills in order to stem the tide of post service unemployment,” he said
Edited by Hawa Lawal