May 15, 2012, 12:23 PM
National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS), over the weekend held its 13th swearing-in ceremony for over 150 new corp members at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, following a four week orientation on various skills sets.
“Initially, the Scheme started with an in take of 100 youth in 1996, and by the end of 2018, the total number of youths provided with skills stood at 3,500,” executive director Emmanuel Mendy said.
He explained that the intensive orientation was geared to inculcate discipline, education on responsibility of a good citizen, government policies and programmes on youth empowerment and development and sexual and reproductive health, amongst others.
Mr Mendy added that they will also be trained in various skill areas of their choice such as computing, electrical installation construction and masonry, auto-mechanics, tailoring and agriculture among others.
He thanked the government through the ministry of youth and sports for providing the necessary resources to help acquire skills for a sustainable livelihood.
Hadrammeh Sidibeh, minister for youth and sports said discipline is the cornerstone of a better society, adding that without discipline everything they are taught about will be virtually useless.
He appealed to them to utilize their skills to the development of the country and to curb unemployment in the nation.