IGR: NYSC launches garment factory, bakery and others in Nasarawa

The National Youth Service Corps has launched its North Central Skills Acquisition Center in Nasarawa State, primarily designed to increase internally generated revenue for the state.

The inauguration which took place in Nasarawa on Monday included some skill areas including garment factories, bakeries and water facilities, located in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The garment factory is equipped with more than 100 industrial sewing machines and other machinery needed to produce high-quality kits for use by corps members.

In his inaugural address, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule thanked NYSC Chief Executive Officer Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim for reshaping and invigorating the NYSC as a whole.

According to him, members of the corps should strive to acquire not only a degree, but also a set of skills.

Governor Sule said, “You have done wonderfully well. I attended several of your events, one of which was the opportunity to visit the NYSC museum that you created and without mincing words, just as the Emir of Lafia mentioned, no matter how many years NYSC continues to exist.

“You came and redefined NYSC; you created a museum, set up acquisition centers all over the country and today you were able to have the NYSC now generating revenue and returning the revenue to the federal government for the first time in the NYSC history, so you have indeed redefined that,” he noted.

“People who come for the skills are likely to find a job or work right next door here. The unity that we talk about, that our founding fathers had in mind – and that is the dream that we all continue to carry,” added Sule.

NYSC boss Ibrahim said the inauguration of the new factories showed the program’s commitment to expanding its revenue-generating platforms.

“They will also serve as additional training pathways for enrolling Corps members in relevant job skills under the SAED program. This complex is also unique in that it has the largest number of NYSC factories located in one location,” he observed.

He said the NYSC was also in talks with Nasarawa State University, Keffi, on a proposed partnership, whereby the institution’s entrepreneurship unit would use the facility to impart entrepreneurial skills to members. corps and interested young people from the Keffi community.

“I am also pleased to inform this assembly that our sustained focus on the reorganization of NYSC businesses is bearing impressive results, as over 1 billion naira generated from these sources have poured into the coffers of the Federal Government from 2020 to 2021.

“This is the first time the NYSC has paid revenue to the federal government – ​​an achievement that has earned us praise from higher authorities, including the National Assembly,” he said.

A former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, thanked the DG for ensuring that the impact of the initiative was properly captured.

He stressed the need to train young people to be self-sufficient, saying that government alone cannot give work to everyone.

The event was attended by former Army Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant Generals AB Danbazau (Retired) and Tukur Buratai (Retired), among other dignitaries.

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Michael O. Stutler