By Dayo Adesulu
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC,Ogun State Coordinator, Mr Afolayan Adeola James has charged corps members to go into business management component of their products, adding that acquiring the skills is not enough.
Afolayan who spoke during the formal opening of 2016 Batch ‘B’ Stream I orientation camp at Sagamu said: “Acquiring skills is not enough, we have also gone into business management component of it.”
According to him, NYSC management has exposed the corps members to business management so that when they take loans the businesses will not die.
He lauded the federal government for making funds available through the Central Bank and the Bank of Industry to the corps members, adding that by the time they complete their national service, they don’t expect any of them to be job seekers but job creators.
He said: “In their various communities, we expect them to be able to mentor twelve-out-of-school youths. The skills acquisition should not stop with them alone but to be a point of contact to other youths in their communities.
“We urge those patronizing foreign goods to patronize our corps members. A products produced by ex- corps members are ofn high quality. This is because they are graduates with high taste, they will not produce substandard materials.
Also speaking, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun represented by Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Afolabi Afuwape reiterated the state’s commitment to ensure security of corps members, adding, “we are committed to providing an enabling environment for the success of the NYSC programme and also provide for the safety and welfare of corps members.”
Meanwhile, the state coordinator said that at the end of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Stream one registration, a total of 2,642 corps members consisting of 1,409 males and 1,233 females deployed to the Ogun State and sworn in.