Corps members in Lagos, two other states benefitted from FG-supported scheme, says Olawande

Kunle Sanni

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Ayodele Olawande, has said the Corpreneur Support Initiative (CSI) to empower corps members across Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna would be expanded to enlist more corps members into the scheme.

During his visit to the NYSC camp in Karaye, Kano, he presented the initiative, which offers financial awards to over a hundred corps members who have passed through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) program to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment.

The Minister emphasised the importance of transitioning from skill acquisition to active entrepreneurship and highlighted the collaborative efforts with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, Temitope Adekunle-Johnson.

 He commended Wema Bank for providing additional funding, underscoring a robust partnership to nurture business skills among Nigerian youth.

According to Olawande, over a hundred outstanding corps members from every skill set who emerged from the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) in the ongoing Batch A Stream 2 Orientation Course of the NYSC would receive varying amounts to set up their businesses.

He urged the youth to utilise the skills they acquire by providing them with the necessary support and resources to create jobs and boost the economy.

The Corpreneur Support Initiative (CSI) is being implemented in partnership with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs led by Temitope Adekunle-Johnson, with Wema Bank offering additional funding to corps entrepreneurs who require more capital injection into their businesses.

The initiative reflects a strategic move under the Renewed Hope Agenda to empower young Nigerians to transition from skill acquisition to successful entrepreneurship.

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