The Federal Government has started building centres to enhance the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, director general of the NYSC, said this on Tuesday in Awgu during a working visit to the orientation camp in Enugu State.
Kazaure said the structure would serve as post-camp training centres for corps members who participated in the SAED.
Represented by Mrs. Josephine Okonga, the Acting Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, the DG said such centres had already been established in Delta, Ekiti and Gombe states, adding that the remaining states would soon be covered.
According to him, SAED is a new initiative meant to empower corps members with self-reliance skills and business ideas, with a view to turning them to future entrepreneurs.
“This is a fairly new idea, and management will soon enrich it. You are expected to learn a business skill, no matter your profession,” he said.
Areas in the scheme, to ensure that corps members built on what they learnt at their places of primary assignment.
“The major challenge in the SAED is absence of post-camp training for the corps members; but we are trying to sort it out by building skill centres at the local government areas. For now, we are building at the state level,” he said.
The NYSC management, said Kazaure, was pleased with the state coordinator on the successes he had recorded which included the provision of the earlier elusive potable water in the orientation camp.
“Water has been an impossible commodity in this camp since its inception in 1973, but the state coordinator has within his short stay here made that possible,” Kazaure said.
Earlier, Ahmed Ikaka, the state coordinator, said SAED in the orientation camp had been a huge success.