Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio has advised the youths of this country especially the corps members to seek better and credible alternatives to paid employment.
She offered the advice on Thursday when she flagged off the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme for the 2020 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1B) corps members deployed to Ondo State and those dislodged from Lagos State.
The State Coordinator said that the recent happenings in the country should encourage the corps members to think of how best they can be independent both during and after the service year.
“My excellent, outstanding and wonderful corps members. I want you to be successful during the service year and beyond. This is the reason I am propelling you to pitch your tent with the programme established by the laudable Scheme eight and half years ago to become self reliant.”
“I do not want a situation where you will be looking for limited paid employment when you can access the opportunities provided by the SAED programme in conjunction with financial institutions and empowerment agencies to becoming industrialists and captains of small and medium scale businesses”.
Mrs. Akpabio said that the sad reality of the present times is that a majority of our youths who are struggling to make a living are looking up to the privileged few among their friends whose parents have secured their future.
“It makes me feel very uncomfortable whenever I see our vibrant and strong youths with intelligence to go with it trying to look up to the privileged few among their friends for survival.”
“I want to encourage you to strive to be a successful businessman, like Mr. Tony Elumelu who today has made thousands of outstanding entrepreneurs across the continent of Africa,” she said.