The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ogun on Friday graduated 2,464 corps members from its Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
The graduation was for the 2018 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 corps members currently undergoing orientation.
It held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Sagamu, Ogun.
Our correspondent reports that the SAED programme, inaugurated by the NYSC Board in 2012, has graduated more than 20,000 trainees in Ogun.
The Ogun Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Josephine Bakare, tasked the graduates to distinguish themselves through optimal application of their skills for self-development.
“These ones have been exposed to several sub-skills under the 12 skill sectors of the SAED approved by the NYSC Directorate,’’ the coordinator said.
She said that the skills included fashion designing, landscaping, make-up artistry, bead/jewelry embroidery, cosmetology, catering, craftsmanship, food processing and information and communication technology.
“It is believed that within the next few months, some of those trained will begin to create wealth for themselves and become employers of labour.
“To achieve this, you must continuously develop yourselves with your trainers stationed across all local government areas within the state to master your skills.
“I also urge you to leverage the collaboration between the NYSC and partner financial institutions to access soft loans to grow your businesses,” she said.
Ogun Deputy Gov. Yetunde Onanuga urged the graduates to be disciplined and dedicated to enable them to achieve business excellence.
“You must take your own destiny in your own hands and look for how to make an impact by being a solution provider.
“Billionaires are solution providers and ones who have learnt to perfect their skills and trades overtime to the benefit of others.
“If you must excel in craftsmanship and enterprise, you must pay attention to quality,” Onanuga said.
She reiterated the commitment of the state government to supporting enterprise and innovation by engendering strategic investment in technical education.
Our correspondent reports that NYSC SAED facilitates training and mentoring of young graduates in various endeavours to make them self-reliant.