ILORIN – The Kwara State NYSC coordinator, Mr Abiodun Fagbemi, has called on the federal and state governments to introduce skills acquisition as a compulsory subject in the nation’s schools curriculum.
Fagbemi, who made the call in Ilorin on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said this was imperative to reduce unemployment among youths.
He said the NYSC had introduced skills acquisition into the orientation course for corps members two years ago, adding that the initiative had achieved remarkable success.
Fagbemi cited Japan as a country where students acquire skills while still in school, adding that most electronics and electrical appliances were manufactured by Japanese youths while still studying.
He expressed joy that many of the corps members that took part in the skills acquisition programme were now gainfully employed.
Fagbemi, however, identified water and electricity as major challenges that confronted the Batch A corps members at the orientation camp.
He appealed to the state government to assist in providing potable water and electricity during the next orientation course. (NAN)