From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
An expert in youth Entrepreneurship Mr. Chima Daniel has called on the Federal Government to immediately scrap the National Youth Serving Corp (NYSC) Scheme because it is not adding value to the economy.
He stated this during the Kaduna Food Industry Annual Event/ Award held yesterday.
According to him, the programme might have brought Unity in the country but economically it is a waste of resources because the money paid to Corp members can be channeled into developing them and making them more productive to the society.
Mr. Daniel advocated that the programme should be replaced with skill acquisition training that will make the Graduates to become self-reliance instead of job seekers.
He disclosed that in China similar project is ongoing and most of the products imported from the country are produced by such graduates who were trained in skill acquisition apart from their University degrees.
MR. Daniel who is the General Manager MAGVOILE Vocational Centre said empowering the youth depends on the youths saying no one would come from outside to do that.
“I met a lady who was trained in cake making and she is very good at it, but complained of lack of capital to start up. “when I asked her how much she needed, she replied, about N50,000.00. In the cause of our discussion I observed she was using a handset of about N75,000.00. I told her, she was not ready to empower herself because the money she used to purchase the handset is enough as a start -up capital”, He said.
Giving credence to this, the publisher of National Bakers Trust Magazine, Prince Ayodele Arokoyo said it is dishearten seeing youths waiting on politicians or government appointee to empower them whereas they have all opportunities to start-up a business.
Prince Arokoyo who is the organizer of the event said it is a platform to honour organisations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours in contribution to the sustenance of the food industry as well as contributions to the nation’s economy.
“This is to ensure that there is stable and sustainable development in the sector and takes its challenges to the authorities so that the needful is done to ensure that the role of the industry’s being seen as they are feeding the nation and enhancing favourable policy and by government”, he said.