Following the different measures put in place by the federal government to tackle the issue of unemployment across the country, the Federal Government has made it known that members of the National Youth Service Corps will be given a sum of 2M to go into agriculture after their one-year mandatory service.
Dr. Patricia Pessu who is the Executive Director, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), said this on Monday while speaking at a workshop on value addition of agricultural commodities for 40 corps members selected from the 16 local government areas of Kwara State.
According to her, the two corps members, who completed their service in Oyo and Abia states, had benefited from the programme, noting that they were selected from the last batch of trainees at NSPRI.
She added that opportunities await any trainee of the current batch who submitted a promising proposal at the end of the service year.
“To put things into context, Nigeria’s unemployed youth of 13.9 million is more than the population of Rwanda and several other African countries. This youth population is also about 64 per cent of total unemployed Nigerians, suggesting that the most agile working-class population in the country remains unemployed” she said.
Mrs Francisca Olaleye who is the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs. Francisca Olaleye also commended the agency for bringing up opportunities like this to Corp members.