The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Leventis Foundation Nigeria on Corps members training in Agricultural best practices.
The NYSC Director General, Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim while signing the MOU on Monday in Abuja stated the scheme’s commitment to ensuring that Corps Members are fully empowered with relevant skills and other incentives that would reduce graduate unemployment and increase food sufficiency in the country.
Commending the management of Leventis Foundation for identifying with the NYSC on youth empowerment, wealth creation and sustainable development, Ibrahim said the dearth of White collar jobs in the country made the incorporation of Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme into the NYSC Orientation Course Content very compelling.
In a nutshell, the programme was designed to empower Corps Members with vocational skills that would make them self-reliant and employers of labour after the service year.
He advised Corps Members to use the platform created by the Leventis Foundation to showcase their potentials.
He said the Scheme has partnered with several agencies such as NALDA, ARMTI, IITA, among others to empower Corps Members that have passion for agric-business, adding that Borno State Government with NALDA recently trained some Corps Members as extension workers and soil doctors.
“Please don’t wait for white collar jobs, take this programme seriously and take advantage of this opportunity to become a shining light to other Corps Members”, Ibrahim said.
The Chairman, Leventis Foundation Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmed Mantey, commended NYSC Management for its commitment to youth empowerment.
He said the Foundation has been involved in many poverty alleviation programmes, likewise granting of scholarship to several indigent students.
The Executive Director of Leventis Foundation, Dr Hope Ovie Usieta, who was represented by the General Manager, Finance and Administration, Mr Femi Oyedeji, said the foundation in its thirty-two years of existence has demonstrated strong commitment in charity for societal development.