The Delta Government on Wednesday, urged corps members in the state to see skills acquisition as an antidote to the menace of youth unemployment facing the nation.
The Governor of the state, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, gave the advice during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ orientation course in Issele-uku.
Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Oghenekaro Ilolo, also urged corps members to improve on their skills through post-camp training.
He said that the philosophy of acquiring skills through exercise was to create a retinue of active players in the establishment of small and medium scale enterprises.
“This should be seen as necessary catalyst required to stimulate second economic growth and development in our country.
“Government alone cannot be saddled with the sole responsibility of providing employment for the increasing population of its youth,’’ he said.
Okowa said that the importance of skills acquisition made it imperative for corps members to spare no effort to key into self-reliance activities during the service year.
Earlier, the state Co-ordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Omotade Benjamin, also urged corps members to demonstrate high level of discipline and be good ambassadors of the scheme, state, their families and alma maters.
Benjamin, who advised the corps members to proceed immediately to their places of primary assignment, promised to see them later during on-the spot inspection at their various places of primary assignment.