Thursday, 28 May 2015

FACILITATORS COMMEND NYSC FOR SUSTAINING SAED PROGRAMME



BY ABDULHAKEEM ADEOYE, SEYIFUNMI ADEBOTE AND OLUWAMUYIWA OGUNJOBI

Members of the OBS editorial crew in Awgu Camp, Enugu State during the 2015 Batch “A” Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development exhibition programme took time to seek the view of some of the facilitators and trainers. Those spoken to were full of praises to NYSC for sustaining the programme and giving them the opportunity to be part of the facilitators. 

Here are some of their views.  

John Chukwunonye Innocent the coordinator of the Information and communications technology (ICT) class during the recently concluded five day SAED programme shared his thoughts on the relevance of the training to the economic situation in the country.

NYSC Enugu State  Coordinator; Mrs. N.E. Ukagha  inspecting products produced by participants
Mr. Innocent who is a web developer and system analyst for Afritub was confident that his trainees benefitted a whole lot as it concerns ICT within the five days of the SAED programme.
In his words, “These corps members now understand that they can actually develop a portal by themselves; an end has come to the days when they had to pay foreigners to create a portal for them, now their eyes are open”. 

He also said that they are building a coal city portal where people can actually make transactions online, get information and the current status of the city even before travelling. 

Participants in Food Processing and Preservation Class
He was happy that young Nigerians who have this knowledge will no longer have to waste precious time surfing the net. “Corps members have learnt to host a portal and use information on facebook, twitter, badoo, instagram amongst others to make money, sell products and promote brands, he concluded.”

Ifedilichukwu, another trainer for the just concluded NYSC SAED programme said that the SAED programme has come to stay. The trainer, who interestingly was a 2014 Batch ‘A’ corps member, trained them on screen printing. During interaction with OBS crew, he explained that he developed interest to come around and train corps members in Art and Tourism. This he believes will go to a long extent to empower corps members and train them on how to customize any material from plastic to paper, leather, metal and ceramics. According to him, “Screen printing is an everyday business of making customized products as souvenirs. Since most corps members will be posted to schools, a corps member can decide to produce school badges and bags for schools where they are serving”.

 The Facilitator for food processing and preservation class, Mrs. Mary Jane said she is overjoyed to have lectured over 160 participants in her class. Mrs. Jane attested that majority of the corps members who participated in her class performed very well. The facilitator however urged all participants in the SAED course to make the lessons learnt a part of them. She added that they should practice even when they have concluded their service stressing that no knowledge is a waste.

Mr. Royal Ogenechukwu from Thinkers Makers Resources who coordinated the fabrics design unit described the five days SAED programme as wonderful. Mr. Royal said that this is his third time of training corps members, though he was not too excited that only 20 corps members was in the unit, he described his corps members trainees as people with zeal and passion. He boasted with confidence that his trainees would continue with the post camp training until they become better and independent.

In the book production unit, the trainer Alom Michael from Maxim Book production/printing described his five days trainees as professionals, proficient and promising. He said some corps members in his unit produced 4 in 1 notebooks, fancy notebooks and special notebooks of high quality. Mr. Michael expressed his unreserved joy by eulogizing the effort of NYSC to introduce the SAED programme and promised to do more.