President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, enjoined National Youth Service Corps members to be more creative and shift their minds from white collar jobs to self-reliance and wealth creation.
Speaking in Akure, through Governor Olusegun Mimiko, at the passing-out ceremony of 2012 batch ‘A’ corps members, President Jonathan said white collar jobs were becoming less attractive. Represented by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Alhaji Yekini Olanipekun, the president noted that his administration deliberately introduced Skills Acquisition Programmes to corps members to make them self-employed.
He said: “The present administration remains focused on youth empowerment, which we have pursued using the platforms of the Sure-P, You win and other programmes. I, therefore, implore you to cooperate and support this administration to reduce the current level of unemployment.”
Jonathan said the Federal Government, under an arrangement with the United Nations Development Programme, would this year, recruit young professionals to work on a variety of UN programmes.
He said the programme would expose the youths and make them serve as Nigerian ambassadors, not only in the international civil service, but also in many other respects.
Jonathan urged the out-going corps members to utilise the experiences garnered in the last one year to guide their pursuits of life goals.