The Director-General (DG), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Suleiman Zakari Kazamuare, has urged corps members, especially those at orientation camps, to pay attention to skill acquisition programmes, to make themselves self-reliant after service.
He advised them to establish a business after service, to avoid idleness.
Kazamuare spoke when he visited Batch ‘A’, Stream 2, 2017 corps members at the Rivers State permanent orientation camp at Nonwa Gbam in Tai Local Government.
Said he: “Gone are the days when young graduates fold their arms and wait for white collar jobs. You must utilise the opportunity the orientation camp has given you to plan your lives, because you are no longer babies.”
The DG said corps members are the hope of the nation and should put in their best in building the country.
His words: ”NYSC is about unity and national integration. It is here you will decide where you are going, plan your life and work hard. God will help you to succeed.
“We have four cardinal programmes in NYSC. In the orientation programme, which is the first of the four cardinal programmes, there are several programmes; drill, lectures, skill acquisition and manual work. But I want you to pay attention to skill acquisition.
“The reason is I don’t want you to roam about looking for work. I don’t want you to be carrying credentials and CV from one office to the other, looking for work.
“After your service, open a business, no matter how small. Along the line, you may get something doing, but I don’t want you to stay idle.
“The future of this country is in your hands…, we need you, Nigeria needs you, so try and set up a business, no matter how small. I’m sure you will be blessed.
“After orientation is the primary assignment, which is the second cardinal programme. You will be posted to ministries, schools, councils, etc. to render service to the nation. You are all graduates; as a graduate, you will not be found wanting in character and learning.
“Please, I don’t want you to be involved in yahoo, yahoo, or any fraudulent act. So, shun sharp practices. Don’t be involved in any shady business. If you’re going to be rich, you will be rich.”
The NYSC Coordinator, Omotayo Adewoye, told Kazamuare that the Governor Nyesom Wike administration supported NYSC and corps members.