The National Youth Service Corps, Director-General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Wednesday, revealed that the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country has led to an increase in the unemployment rate in Nigeria.
The NYSC, DG stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, when he was visited by the Chief Executive Officer of Hall 7 Project, Olayinka Braimoh, at his office.
Ibrahim noted that the effect on the pandemic on the economy of this country and the increase in unemployment has made skill acquisition compelling.
The DG was quoted in a statement released by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, saying, “Jobs are not available like before and COVID-19 has also brought serious economic meltdown. We are ready for your collaboration that would bring tremendous benefit to our corps members and other youths in the country.”
Ibrahim had earlier paid a visit to Braimoh in order to revisit an agreement earlier reached by the two entities in respect to the construction of a skills acquisition centre at Ezi community in Delta State.
The NYSC DG noted that the expansion of the NYSC skills acquisition programme is one of the five policy thrusts of his administration which underscored the vigour with which he pursued it.
Adeyemi added, “Braimoh revealed that his company and NYSC had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the issue at hand, stating that a curriculum for the various skill sets had already been developed, awaiting the approval of NYSC for work to begin. He expressed delight at the DG’s passion for the project to come to fruition.”