In its bid to empower Corps Members with relevant skills that can make them self reliant, the National Youth Service Corps NYSC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hall 7 Project, a Private Estate Developer to build and equip NYSC Skill Acquisition Centre in Ezi Community, Delta State for the South-South region.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU in Abuja on Tuesday, NYSC Director-General Brigadier, General Shuaibu Ibrahim advocated that every student should be taught Skill Acquisition right from School which would have exposed them to, and develop their individual skills for self employment and wealth creation before graduation. He said the NYSC Scheme would thereafter leverage on the individual skills of every Corps Member to post them to their areas of different skills and academic backgrounds.
Ibrahim, who lamented the scarcity of while collar jobs and increasing rate of unemployment among the youths in the country commended Hall 7 Project for its commitment to the partnership. He also commended the Federal Government for the approval of the sum of Seventy Five Billion Naira for Youth Development Fund. “Skills training is the best option to curb unemployment. Corps Members, youths and people of Ezi Community are going to benefit from the project when completed”.
“We are ready for your collaboration and will give you every support that would bring tremendous benefit to our Corps Members and other youths in the country”, the DG said. General Ibrahim added that the NYSC Scheme would continue to strengthen the existing collaboration with stakeholders and reinvigorate Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme in line with the NYSC Act for greater impact.
In his remarks, the CEO of Hall 7 Project, Mr. Olayinka Braimoh stated that he decided to partner with the NYSC in order to sustain the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Centres the Scheme is building across the country. Braimoh said sustainable partnership would allow successive batches of Corps Members to derive value chain benefits from the project when completed.
Speaking further, he said the inspiration behind the philanthropic gesture was his desire to give back to the society for the benefit of mankind. Braimoh commended the NYSC for its unwavering commitment to youth empowerment over the years through Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development training for Corps Members. “We will support the NYSC Skill Acquisition and also ensure the sustainability of the project’, Mr Braimoh stated.
A representative of Ezi Community, Mr Christian John Udeh, pledged the support of all residents of the community for the protection of workers, equipment and sustainability of the project.