Mangu – Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has advised corps members to pay special attention to the scheme’s skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development pogramme, to minimise the search for white collar jobs.
Lalong gave the advice at the swearing in of the 2016 Batch A corps members in Mangu, Plateau.
He was represented by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Danladi Mang.
The governor expressed regret over the moribund state of industries and the high unemployment rate in the country.
This situation, he said has left thousands of graduates frustrated while searching for non-existent jobs.
He said that the skill acquisition programme was developed to make graduates self-reliant and also provide job opportunities for others.
“ I urge you to take this training proggargme very seriously as this scheme makes you self-employed after your service year.
“Ỳou will not just be self-employed, you will also be an employer of labour, which in turn generates substantial employment opportunity in the future.”
He advised the corps members to shun vices such as cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy, cyber crime and get-rich-quick syndrome.
In his speech, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Abdulrazaq Salawu, said that the orientation programme was aimed at familiarising participants with the lofty ideals of the scheme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 1,778 members were sworn in and that the governor later donated five cows, 15 bags of rice, 10 cartons of seasoning and five jerry cans of vegetable oil for the corps members’ upkeep. (NAN)