By Saheed Ibrahim
The Ondo State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani, has advised Corps members to complement their academic certificates with relevant job skills.
She stated that the involvement of Corps members in the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme will add value to their lives and inspire them on the right path to glory.
She said, “You need to get multiple streams of income, and the only way to achieve this is to complement your certificate with skills you have passion for so that the process of ‘getting there’ will be seamless and achievable”.
The NYSC Coordinator in the Sunshine State said that those who defy sleep to think ahead of how best to add value to the numerous certificates they hold when their mates or colleagues are sleeping will surmount whatever challenges life places before them”.
While declaring open the SAED programme for the 2023 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, Ani admonished Corps members to enhance their hard-earned certificates with skills that will put food on their tables rather than waiting for the elusive or shrinking paid employment.
She said that the testimonies of serving Corps members and ex-members about SAED during their time should be enough to inundate the new entrants into the NYSC Scheme.
She charged them to reflect on their backgrounds and remember the children of whom they are. The State Coordinator urged them to make decisions that will improve their lives, as delay could be dangerous.
The Monitoring Officer from the Directorate Headquarters, Mr Olanrewaju Talabi, while giving the goodwill message of the Director, SAED, Mrs Ngozi Dorothy Nwatarali, said that the future lies in those who can take calculated risks.
He charged them to carve a niche for themselves and not rely on family fortunes, as whatever they laboured for would give them peace of mind over family inheritances.