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NYSC To Strengthen Partnership With SMEDAN For Corps Empowerment


The National Youth Service Corps has said it would continue to strengthen its existing relationship with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) towards creating enabling environment for more Corps Members in the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in the country.

The Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed stated this while playing host to the Director General of SMEDAN, Mr Charles Odii, who paid him an advocacy visit at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja.

In a statement signed by Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa ,
The NYSC Director General said the Scheme would continue to encourage Corps Members to develop their talents and skills for self empowerment.

Ahmed, who appreciated SMEDAN for it’s roles of assisting small and medium scale enterprises to overcome poor infrastructure in the management of business operations and accessing financial services described Corps Members as versatile youths with good potentials that should be helped to develop themselves.

“We will set the ball rolling and we want to assure you of every support that you need for the benefit of the Nigerian youths”, the DG said.

Speaking earlier, the SMEDAN DG, Mr Charles Odii said there is the need for a more robust partnership with the NYSC in line with Federal Government’s drive towards job creation and youth empowerment.

He stated further that school leavers should be assisted on how to look inward in their environments to create jobs, start small businesses in order to grow national economy.

“We are here to renew our partnership with NYSC and revamp the SAED programme to make it more lucrative”, the SMEDAN DG said

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