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Contribute to economy through skills acquisition, Senate advises corps members

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ajibola Basiru, has charged National Youth Scheme Corps (NYSC) members to develop their entrepreneurial skills to fit seamlessly into the present economic reality.

Basiru, who stated this, yesterday, during at the skills and entrepreneurial programme organised for youth corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ede, said the days of waiting endlessly for job opportunities in government agencies could no longer be sustained economically.

He noted that over 70 per cent of the Federal Government budget is going into debt-servicing and overhead and there are little resources available for core economic activities.

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The committee chairman, however, stated that the situation is not as gloomy as people paint it. He implored the corps members to contribute to the economy with their skills, which are in high demands.

He also advised them to embark on core entrepreneurial training in fashion designing, plumbing, event management, makeup, catering, among others.

The senator further called for a reform of the educational system that is largely based on theory to be more practical-based whereby Nigerian graduates would be better equipped with requisite skills and knowledge.


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