The Federal Government has said that it will empower members of the National Youth Service Corps that venture into agriculture after their one-year mandatory service with the sum of N2m –Galaxy TV
Dr. Patricia Pessu, the Executive Director, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, said this on Monday while speaking at a workshop on the importance of agricultural commodities for 40 corps members chosen from the 16 local government areas of Kwara State.
According to the source, Pessu said the two corps members, who completed their service in Oyo and Abia states respectively, had begun to benefit from the program, stating that they were selected from the last batch of trainees at NSPRI.
He lamented about the increasing number of unemployed youth in the nation adding that a similar opportunity awaited any trainee of the current batch who submitted a promising proposal at the end of the service year.
“to put things into context, Nigeria’s unemployed youth of 13.9 million is more than the population of Rwanda and several other African countries.
“This youth population is also about 64 percent of total unemployed Nigerians, suggesting that the most agile working-class population in the country remains unemployed,” the NSPRI boss stated.