Take your future in your hands, minister charges corps members 


 In line with the ‘One youth, two skills’  initiative, the Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande, has charged corps members on the need to equip themselves with market-driven skills while serving the country in order to secure their future.

The minister, who gave the charge while on a working visit to the Asaya National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Kabba, Kogi state, noted that this would  empower them to play significant roles in developing  the economy of the  nation.

Olawande posited that the future of Nigeria would be greatly enhanced when the youth harnessed their potentials and skills.

The minister, who was welcomed to the orientation camp by the Kogi state NYSC Coordinator,  Mrs. Williams M.A, said he was in the camp to check on the corps members whom he described as “my people.” 

A press statement issued by the press and public relations of the ministry, Mrs. Maryam Umar Yusuf, said the minister while addressing the corps members, urged them to endeavor to learn skills, saying the future of Nigeria depended largely on the number of its skilled youths.

The minister lamented that due to lack of skill, some job opportunities that should have been given to Nigerian youth, especially in the private sector, were being taken by foreign nationals.

While speaking on the effort of his ministry to change the narrative, Olawande said, “At the Ministry of Youth Development,  we are encouraging every Nigerian youth to learn new skills. We are setting up the Nigerian Youth Academy (NiYA), which would be a platform for every willing youth of this country to learn skills free of charge. For me, it is unacceptable for any Nigerian youth not to learn at least two skills.”