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Mrs Grace Akpabio

The NYSC has promised that the scheme in collaboration with Financial Institutions will finance business plans from corps members that graduate from its Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Department (SAED) training.

NYSC coordinator in Ondo State, Mrs. Grace Akpabio disclosed this at Ikare Akoko camp while addressing graduate youths of the Skills Acquisition & Entreprenuership Department (SAED) Inter-Platoon competitions, signalling the end of ten days intensive in-camp training for 1,772 participating corps members.

Akpabio explained that business or project proposals of trained corps members would be submitted to lending institutions which included Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and other reputable organisations for consideration and assistance.

She however challenged them to invest in their future by aggressively pursuing various skills learnt during their orientation course.

Speaking on the benefits of the training, Mrs Akpabio said that NYSC has provided conducive atmosphere and level playing field for them to excel.

Akpabio said “Gentlemen corps members, you are the next set of Dangotes, Adenugas, Elumelus that the country is looking forward to produce.

The Federal Government through the NYSC has created a level playing ground for you all to exhibit and display your creative ingenuity.

“You will succeed in life if you believe in your ability to surmount all the challenges that come your way.

The great men and women in business world did not become an instant success when they started but with focus, perseverance and right attitude, they are where they are today”. Akpabio said.

She told the corps members that if they could burn the midnight candles to achieve their educational pursuit, similar vigour will make them a success in the business world.

In her welcome remarks, the Assistant Director/Head, SAED, Mrs. Itohan Ehimwenma expressed her gratitude to all the trainers who despite the little discomfort gave their best to the corps members.

Mrs. Ehimwenma equally expressed her appreciation to the NYSC management in Ondo State for always treating the matters concerning SAED with utmost importance and priority.

Mrs. Ehimwenma charged the corps members to take advantage of their training to make a long lasting impression in the business world.

The Inter-Platoon competition which put the entire camp community in suspense as the Panel of Judges were collating the results eventually produced many emerging entrepreneurs that are ready to take the business world by storm with their creativity and ingenuity perfected during the ten days intensive training.

Highlights of the competition is the display of artistry in Cake Baking, Fashion Designing and Leather Work where representatives of various platoons carted away mouth watering prizes.

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