One year of graduate youth service scheme will soon include skills acquisition for corps members to add more value to the programme, a government official has said.

The plan is part of government’s measures to strengthen the four cardinal segments of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme which include primary assignment and community development service.

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, informed some youth corps member in Nkwere Local Government Area of Imo State, of the planned inclusion of skills acquisition.

He was at their camp to inspect Imo NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Eziama Obaire in Nkwere.

Brigadier-General Kazaure, who addressed the 2017 Batch A, Stream 1, corps members posted to the state, explained that the skill acquisition pursuit would add greater vigour and fashion out primary assignments to create the enabling environment for the corps members to put in their best.

He did not mention what skills would be added.

The NYSC boss, who commended the corps members for exemplary conduct during their orientation course, urged them to shun unnecessary and unauthourised journeys, dubious practices and immorality.

“Respect the culture and traditions of their host communities and endeavour to positively affect their lives,” he said.

The corps members were also asked to work toward establishing small businesses while serving, so as not to depend on white collar jobs.

Earlier, the state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr James Olugbodi, said 1,637 corps members comprising 747 males and 890 females were registered for the programme.

Olugbodi commended the corps members for discipline, loyalty, diligence and commitment to all camp activities throughout the duration of the orientation.

He also hailed Imo Government for continued assistance to the NYSC, especially in the provision of accommodation and potable water.