NYSC management has assured the general public of their readiness to reopen the orientation camps nationwide.
The statement was made in Gombe by the Director-General of the scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.
He said that as soon as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gives them the go ahead, they’ll reopen the camps immediately.
The DG also recommended that skill acquisition and entrepreneurship training should be introduced at both the Primary and Secondary Schools levels to introduce them to self-reliant venture.
Ibrahim was in Gombe for a working visit to inspect the progress of work at the North-East Skill Acquisition Entrepreneur Development Centre (SAED) destroyed by wind storm, while also inspecting the facilities at the temporary orientation camp in Akko LGA of the state.
He said, “The importance of skills acquisition by youths cannot be overemphasized in making them employers of labour stressing therefore the need for every child to learn right from primary to secondary school.
“The NYSC management has taken the issue of skills acquisition training seriously which informed that they have camp and post-camp training which has impacted positively on the lives of so many ex–Corps members who have become large scale employers of labour thereby contributing to the economic development of the country.
“SAED has exposed so many ex Corps members, a significant number of them have become employers of labour, they do no longer wait for white cola jobs.
“The Management has monitoring teams who are going round to monitor the ex Corps members who accessed loans from the CBN, Bank of Industry and NYSC Trust Fund, to ensure that they have utilized the fund for the purpose meant for because it is a revolving scheme to enable others to benefit.
“The management is proactive and has inspected so many camps in the country in order to assess the level of preparedness for reopening.”