In its bid to build the capacity of youth, employers of labour, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Foundation, in partnership with Kudimata Nigeria Limited, a financial education outfit, has trained the Batch C members of the National Youth Service Corps in financial literacy.
A statement released by the foundation said the training, which aligned with the objectives of the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development scheme of NYSC, had its maiden edition featuring the Batch B stream in the past months.
It stated that over 118,000 youth corps members had been trained in financial literacy, while about 70,000 were being trained across the 37 NYSC orientation camps in the country.
Speaking during the training, the Managing Director of NNPC Foundation, Emmanuella Arukwe, described financial literacy as not only the bedrock of all successes in the ever-competitive labour market but a journey towards attaining self-actualisation.
Arukwe, who implored the corps members to leverage the knowledge garnered from the training to avert white-collar job syndrome, added that the NNPC Foundation was committed to impacting the youth corps members to become employers of labour.
According to her, the programme cuts across the 36 states of the country, including Abuja.
“This is the first step towards a series of programmes that will culminate in instilling entrepreneurship in the corps members. After this training, those who pass the examination by 70 per cent will move to the next stage.
“The next stage will keep them better informed on how to run businesses to ensure success in their businesses. Thereafter, we will do a pitching where those who are properly trained will be selected and be given start-up kits to go ahead and be on their own,” the MD added.
In her remarks, the FCT Coordinator, NYSC, Shokpeka Winifred expressed her profound gratitude to both NNPC Foundation and Kudimata Nigeria for their unwavering support to empower the corps members, to enable them to become self-reliant individuals and wealth creators.