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FG To Commit Recovered Loots For Employment Generation Ventures

President Buhari
Posted: Apr 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata

Lagos – President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s resolve to commit recovered loots into productive ventures that would absorb thousands of graduates in gainful employment.

The President stated this in a message delivered at the swearing-in ceremony, on Friday, at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos Orientation camp for the commencement of the 2016 Batch A double-stream orientation course for 2,135 corps members deployed to the state.

He stated that the less cheering news of growing youth unemployment had been of serious concern to his administration, saying the challenge had taken a great toll on the Nigerian youths at their prime productive ages.

“As I said earlier on assumption of duty as the President of this country, the state of the nation’s economy is not cheering news. One of the disturbing problems inherited by this administration is increasing unemployment among the young people.

“In fact, the unemployment situation has taken a great toll on the Nigerian youths at their prime productive ages.

“The collapse of industries and the eventual over-bearing pressure to grab public jobs has put the nation in a sorry state, employment wise. Thousands of graduates from the higher institutions of learning get frustrated daily, as they search for non-existing jobs. That is why this administration is anxious to recover illicit wealth to channel them to productive economic ventures to absorb thousands into employment,” the President added.

He commended the zeal shown by Nigerian youths to be part of the NYSC scheme even as they fall within the exemption clause, saying that the development was reassuring news for the government as youths show zeal and determination to join in selfless service to the nation.

President Buhari said, “It is only by this these virtues that we will get the desired change we are working towards. Government places high premium on the youth and corps members under the NYSC scheme will be used to drive the change agenda.”

Mr. Cyril Akhanemhe, NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, in an address, disclosed that the 2016 Batch A first-stream orientation course comprised 1,023 males and 1,112 female corps deployed to the state, saying that the orientation programme was aimed at instilling in the youths leadership qualities of discipline, perseverance, loyalty, diligence, determination, integrity, courage and the ability to live amicably with one another.

 

To the corps members he added: “The camp is a regimented place giving you no choice, but to comply with the various instructions coming from constituted authority. Consequently, you shall be subjected to paramilitary drills, Man O War training, physical fitness exercise, martial arts, lectures on the culture and customs of the host communities, skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development and other professional courses amongst others.”

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, in an address read on his behalf by Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties, assured the 2,135 corps members of an enabling environment that would give room for them to blossom and optimise their capacities to drive the change agenda of the Federal Government.

“I charge you to exhibit the highest degree of loyalty, dedication, discipline and commitment to national ideals; and be a testament of the wishes and aspiration of our people for continued development,” the governor added.

Mrs. Adefunmilayo Demi-Ajayi, Deputy Chief Registrar, Special Duties on behalf of Mrs. Olufunmilayo Atilade, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members.