The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has commended the National Youth Service Corp for its entrepreneurship training initiative.
The Minister stated this while inaugurating a 22-member Inter-Ministerial Committee on the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Scheme.
He lauded the immense roles of the National Youth Service Corps since its inception till date, in the areas of socio-economic and political development of the country.
“This is a leading light of youth organisations in Africa.NYSC must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements. The economic empowerment of Corps Members through entrepreneurship training initiatives has brought to light, the capacity of the NYSC as an organisation that is responsive to contemporary national needs.
“It is gratifying to note that the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme of the Scheme is stirring the interest of Corps Members for self-employment and wealth creation.
The Scheme must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements in the promotion of national unity and integration, development of education, healthcare delivery, as well as social and infrastructural development, through its primary assignment and community development services”, he said.
The Minister noted that the Federal Government recognizes NYSC achievements and decided to mark the Scheme’s milestone on what it has achieved over the past fifty years as a form of recognition.
He charged the members of the committee to work assiduously on the terms of reference.
The Chairman of, the NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar commended the Minister for supporting the Scheme at all times.
The NYSC Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed commended the successive batches of corp members for the credible conduct of elections in the country.
He said they have also been effective by participating in other programmes like population census, immunisation exercise, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and fight against corona virus among others.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi in his response promised the readiness of all members of the committee to deliver its mandate as expected
The NYSC management also rendered a minute silence to Oreoluwa Aina, a corp member who died in the Lagos train/bus accident last week.