More than 1.4 Million corps Member have Benefited from the scheme’s Acquisition Training meant for NYSC member since it’s commencement in 2012, This was Made known by the Director General National Youth Service Corps Commission, General Shuaibu Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) stakeholders meeting.
According to him, the aim of the meeting was to evaluate the progress so far in the programme implementation, adding that the introduction of SAED was the scheme’s way of contributing to youth empowerment to reduce unemployment.
Ibrahim said other achievements of the programme in the last seven years was the construction, equipment and handover of a mega skill acquisition centre for the North-East zone in Gombe State by Access Bank Plc.
He added that a similar one was being built in the North-West in Jigawa from the same bank.
Ibrahim also highlights some part of the programme’s achievements was the constructions of the South-West skill acquisition centre which was at completion stage in Ekiti.
He said that 40 SAED officers had been trained on entrepreneurship by multinationals such as e General Electric and Congnity Advisory using the ILO How-to-Start-Improve-Your-Business-Guide curriculum among others.
Ibrahim said that the challenges of the programme were inadequate funding and inadequate structure for implementation of a national skill and vocational training framework curriculum.
He said that the programme also was faced with the challenge of a lack of technical manpower for delivery of qualitative training.
“Other challenges are lack of standard vocational and skill training centres across the country and lack of quality business plans to attract the desired funding support for aspiring corps entrepreneurs.’’
Ibrahim said the “lack of synergy in the implementation of entrepreneurship development programme in Nigeria,’’ was a challenge to the programme.
He called for a stronger commitment to the inclusion of mandatory entrepreneurship education in the curricula of universities and tertiary institutions in the country.