NYSC harps on strengthening skills acquisition to reduce unemployment
The new State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Gombe State, Mr Dawut Jidda has pledged to strengthen skills acquisition as a tool to reducing unemployment amongst youths.
Jidda, in a chat with journalists in Gombe on Friday, said it had become imperative in view of the unemployment challenge in the country.
He said that since government alone cannot provide jobs for all citizens, it became necessary to use alternative means of engaging the youths as skills acquisition remains key in this regard.
Jidda said that the skills acquisition programme of the scheme provided Nigerian youths the pathway to self-reliance and employment.
According to him, the NYSC has gone beyond unity and integration to empowerment of youths in order to make them contribute to the national development.
The coordinator said that the success stories recorded so far from the programme was an encouragement for the scheme to do more adding that his leadership would strengthen the skills acquisition programme.
“When we served, there was nothing like skills acquisition, maybe we would have become entrepreneurs by now.
“Today, the opportunity is here and we appreciate the scheme for initiating the programme which has trained and empowered youths through various skills.
“We will seek more partnership to empower our youths so as to complement government’s efforts at reducing unemployment in the country,” he said.
Jidda also said that he would prioritise the wellbeing and welfare of both corps members and staff to make them comfortable to carry out their duties.
He commended the state government for their support so far while urging them to continue to support the scheme towards fast-tracking development especially in rural areas of Gombe State.