2021 batch A, Stream 2 corps members in Oyo state, have been urged to harness the financial opportunity created by National Youth Service Corps to kick start various business skills acquired during their mandatory one year service.

Oyo state coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Mrs Grace Ogbuoegebe stated this during the passing out parade ceremony held at the Lekan Salami stadium.

Mrs Ogbuoegebe explained that NYSC had collaborated with some financial institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, banks of Industry and of agriculture in a bid to ensure that corps members have unhindered access to loans.

Mrs Ogbuogebe who said entrepreneurship and development skills acquired by corps members were enough for them to stand on their own said diligence and humility were strongly needed by the corps members to remain relevant in the current global market conditions.

“The instituted skill acquisition and enterprises development SAED. The encouragement is for them to put the training into practice, because cannot provide job for almost Four Thousand Corp members and that they should not just go home and sit down”.

In his address, the Oyo state governor, Governor Seyi Makinde represented by the commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Seun Fakorede said since government alone could not provide the white-collar job to meet the job demands of Nigeria’s young graduates, it has become imperative for the corps members to make good use of the SAED Programme and eschew all forms of evil practices.

“I want you Corpers to make use o f the vocational training given you during the One year service for your good and be loyal in any situation you meet yourself”

Some of the Corps members who served in Pensioners FM said the one year experience as been productive, thanking the station for the opportunity given to them to acquire practical skill of journalism.

“Nothing much to say than to actualize the aims and objectives of the NYSC bodies which is about the coming together of different ethnics to conceptize with ourselves”.

“Though stressful but its worth it. Its always been my dream to work in a media organization and thank God for making it possible for me. All thanks to Pensioners FM for giving me the privilege to work with them”.

While advising the corps members to remain good ambassadors of the scheme, Governor Makinde said the outgoing corps members had immensely contributed to the development of their host communities through the implementation of community development projects.

Four thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four corps members were passed out in the 2021 batch A stream two.

Cynthia Akere

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