By Adejumoke Alebisou
Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC Director-General, has reiterated the resolve of the Scheme to utilise the creativity of Corps Members to produce made- in-Nigeria products.
He said this vision is being achieved through Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, as the scheme engages Corps Members who work in NYSC Garment Factory, table water factory, Bakery and Farms for production.
General Shuaibu stated this when he received the management of a Non- Governmental Organisation, Business VISA Training Company Ltd, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
He said as a strategic policy thrust of his administration, the NYSC has keyed in to Federal Government’s drive at implementing Executive Order 004 on the effective utilisation of local content in producing made in Nigeria products, thereby accelerating the growth of the economy.
The DG further revealed that the NYSC, while still discharging its primary responsibility of promoting national unity is not oblivious of the need to encourage self-reliance among graduate youth through many empowerment programmes.
He cited the inauguration of the National NYSC Cultural Troupe and other ventures as relevant steps towards this direction.
Earlier in his remarks, Alhaji Sani Garba, Chief Executive of the Company, appreciated the NYSC for its interventions towards youth empowerment and solicited for a partnership towards engaging Corps Members in using local content to create viable products.
He said his company is ready to harness the potentials of Corps Members by identifying commodities in high demand within their host communities, and train them on specific skills needed to produce them.
While commending the giant strides of the Director-General in giving NYSC a new lease of life, the CEO indicated keen interest in a robust collaboration in this regard.