As part of its drive to boost the Skills Acquisition and Enterpreneurship Development (SAED) programme which was introduced in 2012, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has approached Chinese government, seeking for bilateral tie to further empower Corps members with skills in diverse fields.
Director, Press and Public Relations of the NYSC, Eddy Megwa disclosed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.
According to Megwa, news of the collaboration was contained in the remarks made by the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara Ahmed during his visit to the Chinese embassy in Abuja.
The NYSC helmsman said that partnership between NYSC and China in ICT, textile and agriculture would go a long way in giving Corps Members more opportunities to become self-reliant and employers of labour: which will inturn increase Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
General Ahmed, who was received by the Cultural Counselor of Chinese Embassy & Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Li Xuda also sought for an opportunity for some Corps Members to visit China to witness the country’s cultural exhibition, as a way of exposing them to the wider world.
Earlier, he commended the staff of Chinese embassy in Nigeria for frequently attending cultural carnival and other major events organised at NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Abuja.
In his response, Mr. Li Xuda stated that China and Nigeria have a long standing relationship which needs to be sustained.
He equally said that the embassy would expeditiously facilitate the actualisation of collaboration between his country and NYSC, to ensure that Corps Members are given opportunity to learn more especially in the areas pointed out by the NYSC Director General.
He assured his guests that the embassy will go a step further to ensure the possibility of Corps Members going to China for training in some reputable industries.
Mr. Xuda also revealed that China has an agricultural demonstration centre in the outskirt of Abuja which NYSC could take advantage of to train Corps Members in agro-allied businesses.