NYSC opens clothing factory, others to boost IGR – OsunDefenderOsunDefender

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has tasked the North Central Skills Acquisition Center (SAED) and garment, bakery and water factories located in Keffi, Nasarawa State to increase internally generated revenue (IGR).

The factory is equipped with more than 100 industrial sewing machines and other machines needed to produce high-quality kit items for body limbs, while the water factory has three packaging lines of water for producing sachet water as well as pet water bottle and dispenser.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Keffi factories yesterday, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule thanked the NYSC Chief Executive for reshaping and reinvigorating the entire program, while emphasizing the need not only to acquire a diploma but to acquire a skill.

The governor said, “You did 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 get NYSC to now generate revenue and return revenue to the federal government for the first time in history of NYSC, so you have in effect redefined that.

“At one of the events I attended, the initiator of the entire NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon, had to sincerely thank you for bringing his vision back to life.

“I want to assure you that by the grace of God, we will not just patronize the products you have here, we will find ways to work together as a team, because this is timely.”
NYSC Chief Executive Maj. Gen. Shuaibu 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 Corps members who enroll in relevant job skills under the SAED program. This complex is also unique in that it has the largest number of NYSC plants located in one location,” he noted.

He said the program is also in talks with Nasarawa State University on a proposed partnership whereby the institution’s entrepreneurship unit will use the facility to impart entrepreneurial skills to Corps members and staff. interested young people from the community of Keffi.

The Managing Director added, “I am also pleased to inform this assembly that our continued focus on the reorganization of NYSC Ventures 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 contributed revenue to the federal government, an achievement that has earned us praise from high authorities, including the National Assembly.”

On his part, the former state governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, thanked the DG for ensuring that this impact was properly captured.

He stressed the need to train young people to be self-reliant, saying government alone cannot give jobs to everyone.

Lafia Emir Sidi Bage Muhammad said the DG has set a pace at which whoever comes after him will have to work very well.

The event brought together former Army Chiefs of Staff: Lt. Gen. AB Danbazau (rtd) and Lt. Gen. TY Buratai (rtd), among other dignitaries.

Michael O. Stutler