SENATOR STELLA ODUAH’S NYSC BILL, A CORROBORATION OF HER PASSION FOR THE YOUTHS

SENATOR STELLA ODUAH’S NYSC BILL, A CORROBORATION OF HER PASSION FOR THE YOUTHS

Distinguished Senator Stella Oduah sponsored a Bill on NYSC tagged:
NYSC Act (Amendment) Bill 2017
“An Act to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP. N84 LFN, 2004 to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members, and for such related matters.”
The Bill was designed to curtail the rising unemployment among the youths head-on by empowering our youths through various forms of skill acquisition that suits their respective passion. The Bill is at committee stage awaiting Public Hearing.
It’s crystal cear that yearly hundreds of Nigerian youths are pushed into the labour market after one year compulsory NYSC for the nation. During this period, many are forced to go to many remote areas they have never been to before all in the bid to perform their primary function as youth corpers to the nation. Many of these youths waste this precious one year achieving barely nothing rather even jeopardizing their lives in some cases, while praying that the one year elapses as quick as possible.
Many of these young people are paid stipends that is not enough to take care of their feeding let alone savings for life after the service.
When these young people complete their service, they come out to join the long queue of unemployed youths seeking employment in our already saturated labour market.
Many of these youths fall into the waiting hawks called traffickers, yahoo yahoo masters, kidnappers, prostitutes etc who mock them daily for walking the streets looking for unemployment that does not exist when they have opportunity to become rich overnight.
This pressure sustains as many months go bye no work, no means of survival. The implication is desperation to survive which metamorphoses into willingness to do anything at all cost regardless of the implications.
Our indefatigable senator Oduah realized this challenge, so in consonance with her passion and vision for the youths, she proposed this bill.
The Bill will compel FG to include skill acquisition program fully funded for the youths to diversify their options by learning any skill of interest to them ranging from fashion and designing, make-up artist, music, movies, catering, et al. This makes it easy for the youth to prepare and equip his or herself for the task ahead after the one year service.
The purpose is to reduce the number of unemployed youths as many will diversify into various skills they acquired during the period of their service thereby become entrepreneurs instead of waiting for the white collar jobs that are not forthcoming.
This is in tandem with the vision and passion of our dear Senator who has repeatedly demonstrated her love for our youths. A passion she has consistently demonstrated by empowering many youths in the constituency to make them self sufficient and future employers of labour instead of waiting for the depleting job opportunities.
Many youths of Anambra North are beneficiaries of this ongoing policy which has changed the lives of many people. As we speak now, many more programs of similar purpose will be unveiled soon to accommodate the future of many youths away from paid employment when they can do better as their own boss.
When this Bill is passed, our National Youths Service will be a window of developing the entrepreneurial skills of Nigerian youths and building a future that is anchored on many entrepreneurs that will be future employers of labour as we see in developed countries of US, Europe, China et al where many people have become Billionares just by creating their own world through skill acquisition and entrepreneurship.
This will eventually stimulate the growth of the GDP of our nation vis a vis reduction of unemployment and alleviation of poverty.
Anambra North is blessed and lucky to have a visionary leader like our indefatigable Senator Oduah whose leadership has continued to impact the lives of many especially the youths.
It can only get better for our people under her leadership.

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