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Not all bad news about Nigeria, as Sierra Leone copys Nigerian's NYSC Program by sonofjos(m): 5:35pm On Apr 18
When you hear how Nigerians complain about the country and its past and present leadership, one would think the leaders have never gotten a single thing right. While it is so true that many things are upside down in country, it is noteworthy that many African countries still look up to us to learn many innovations from the government and private sector. An example is that of Sierra Leone, a country set to launch the NYS a replica of Nigeria's NYSC. Let's celebrate our successes more and keep striving for a better. Nation.

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The National Youth Service (NYS) in collaboration with UN Volunteers on Thursday September 28, held one day engagement on the Implementation of National Youth Service Scheme.

The engagement which was attended by representatives of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) and members from the private sector was held at the Atlantic Hall, Siaka Stevens Stadium Hostels in Freetown

The National Youth Service (NYS) was launched on December 14, 2016 by President Ernest Bai Koroma. The scheme which give volunteers a hand is aimed at providing young people with opportunities to gain valuable work experience, promote self-discipline, expand their knowledge of Sierra Leone’s social and cultural diversities and help to bridge ethnic divide.

Prof. David S. M. Koroma, Chairman of the Board of National Youth Service, said the engagement was to ensure that young graduates with the right attitude are supported.

Mohamed Pateh Bah, Executive Director of National Youth Service, said that the NYS Act was enacted in February 2, 2016 to create opportunity for young people to participate in governance and be entrepreneurs to move the economy forward. He said that the government can’t employ all the graduates, hence the intervention of the private sector.

Mr. Bah said that by the end this year they want to see 500 graduates start a training which will see the full commencement of the the National Youth Service. He assured of government full support to the National Youth Service Scheme.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, James S. Koroma said that they are committed to promoting the economic interests of its members.
He said that their presence at the engagement shows their commitment to collaborate with the National Youth Service Commission in ensuring that the NYS is implemented to its fullest. He said that Chamber considers the scheme very important.

In his keynote address, the Minister of Youth Affairs, Bai Mamud called on all MDAs and the private sector to see the need to support government in achieving the goal of creating strong foundation for graduates. He said that he has gone to other countries where the is working well with the help of MDAs and the private sector.

“Government is committed to change the face of our youth in the country by giving them the opportunity to start working after they would have finished university,” he said.

Allan Young Ogwang, representative of UN Volunteers, said as an institution they are supporting the National Youth Service by providing technical guidance as to how a national scheme like this is set up and what needs to be in replace. “As a key partner of the National Youth Service we are committed to see that it works well for our young brothers and sisters in the country,” he said.

Source: http://www.sierraloaded.com/2017/10/national-youth-service-holds-engagement.html?m=1

Re: Not all bad news about Nigeria, as Sierra Leone copys Nigerian's NYSC Program by omoiyamayor(m): 5:38pm On Apr 18
Sierra Leone is another Africa failure just like Nigeria,

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