…also NYSC Bakery, Garment and Water Factories
By Adejumoke Alebiosu
The Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule has commended the NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim for taking the Scheme to greater heights with innovations.
He gave the commendation Last Tuesday while commissioning the multi-million Naira NYSC North-Central Skill Acquisition Centre, NYSC Bakery, Garment and Water Factories located inside the Nasarawa State Orientation Camp, Magaji Dan Yamusa, Keffi, Nasarawa.
He said the outlets would serve as a veritable training platforms for Corps Members and also boost the revenue drive of the Scheme.
‘I want to thank you for your vision of redefining the NYSC as a whole. You came in and redefined NYSC. You set up a museum, set up skill acquisition centres across the country, and today, you are so lucky you have been able to generate revenue and returning same to the Federal Government for the first time in the history of NYSC.
‘I want to assure you that by the grace of God, we will not only patronize the products you are having here, we will equally find ways to work together as a team because this is coming right on time,’Governor
The Director, Ventures Management, NYSC, Prince Mohammed Momoh in his introductory remarks said that the garment factory would contribute immensely to the Scheme’s stride towards self-sufficiency in kit production.
‘It is imperative to mention that the garment factory is equipped with 100 industrial sewing machines needed for the production of high-quality kit items to be used by the Corps Members,’ He said.
Momoh added that the water factory has three water packaging lines for the production of sachet water, as well as pet and dispenser bottle water. Speaking further, he disclosed that the bakery comprises modern oven and other equipment required for the production of health enriching bread.
‘It is instructive to note that products of our bakery will be supplied to Orientation Camps in line with our mandate, and also sold to the general public,’ He said.
NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his address said the new Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Centre represents another giant stride in Management’s efforts to deepen the impact of the SAED programme.
‘The execution of these projects is in line with one of the cardinal points of my policy thrust, which is to “reinvigorate the NYSC Ventures and the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme in line with the NYSC Act for greater impact”,’. He said
He added that like similar skill acquisition centres established for the North-East, North-West and South-West, the North-Central project would provide Corps Members access to effective post-camp training in different vocational skill areas.
Ibrahim also stated that his administration’s priority attention to the development of the ventures is in line with the Federal Government’s policies on food security and diversification of the economy through optimization of the nation’s potentials in non-oll sectors.
Speaking further, he said “our sustained focus on revamping the NYSC Ventures is bearing impressive results, as over one billion Naira generated through these sources was paid into the Federal Government coffers for the years 2020 and 2021. This is the first time the NYSC is remitting revenue to the Federal Government, an achievement that has earned us commendations from the higher authorities, including the National Assembly”.