The Director General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Maj. Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure has urged Corp members across the nation to take seriously the entrepreneurial skills made available to them at various orientation camps.
He said it was key to rapid economic development.
Maj Gen Kazaure, who said this while on an inspection visit to the 2019 Batch A Corps members at the Agwu Orientation camp in Enugu, noted that the corps members would be more productive and helpful to the economy if they were entrepreneurs.
The NYSC Boss, who was represented at the event by the Director, Corps Mobilization, Mrs Nnenna Ukonu also urged the Corps members to make sure they left impressive footprints at the place of their primary assignments during the service year.
“Everything you learn here will be useful to you even after your service year. There is no limit to what you can achieve. You should be very serious so you can make a better future for your children.
“We are passionate about skills acquisition. You have no reason to go back to your parents the same way you came after your service year. There is a need to grow the economy but we can not do it by just doing government work.
“You need to go out and become a job creator. I don’t want to tell you that there is no job, I just want you to know that you are more productive and helpful to the economy if you are an entrepreneur,” he said.
“You have to start early to think about what to do. The spirit we are putting in you is the spirit that will make you be like Innosson, Dangote, Tony Elumelu and other successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
“I want you to add that you get serious. Do not leave the place of your primary assignment the way you met it. Leave a mark in the place you are going to. Do not seek relocation because you do not know the condition of the place you are relocating to”, he added.
Earlier in an address, the Enugu state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka, thanked the NYSC boss for coming to inspect the condition of the Corps members preparatory to their passing out.
He, however, pointed out the challenges facing the scheme in the state which hampered the day to day activities of the camp and solicited for the assistance of the Director General of the Corps in addressing the issues.
“The camp activities are going on well in terms of sports, social activities, skills acquisition and the general orientation. However, light in this whole area has been a problem. The best solution to the niggling power issues in the camp is for the camp to have power supply independent of the community.
“We need assistance in the area of Diesel and petrol which we heavily rely on. We also want to state that this is the only camp in the country that does not have a utility vehicle.
“This has been a big challenge that has forced us to outsource vehicles when there is such a need. These are the areas where we want the DG to intervene,” he said.