The National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC) will revamp and utilise all its farm settlements located in all geopolitical zones to train Corps members in farming for self reliance.
NYSC Director General (DG), Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure disclosed this in Bauchi when he visited the 2017 batch B stream I corps members posted to the state at their orientation camp in Wailo, Ganjuwa local government area of the state.
The DG who was represented by the director human resources of NYSC headquarters Abuja, Comfort Makinde explained that the plan was in line with the federal government’s policy of increasing local food production to ensure food security.
He informed that government and non-governmental organisations could no longer provide jobs to graduates being produced annually by universities and polytechnics across the nation.
He disclosed that plan is underway to provide facilities for the training of Corps members on farming as part of efforts to reduce unemployment Nigerian graduates through the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) agricultural scheme.
“The NYSC Scheme has also adopted the Federal Government policy on local food production by revamping all NYSC Farm settlements in the six Geopolitical zones. Facilities will be provided for the training of corps members who are interested in farming and also take advantage of the Agricultural value chain,” he said.
The NYSC boss added that the scheme is concerned about the future of Nigerian youths which prompted it to put in place a skill acquisition program tagged “Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) as a response to the problem of graduate unemployment.
Responding, the state coordinator of the scheme Afolayan James told the DG that a total of 2, 210 corps members were registered, but 104 applied to be relocated out of the state on marital and health grounds.