The Federal Government is planning to extend the National Youth Service Corps scheme beyond one year to accommodate skill acquisition and entrepreneurial training.

The Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong disclosed this during an inspection tour of the Lagos State NYSC orientation camp in the Iyana Ipaya area of the state on Tuesday.

According to him, as part of the government’s effort to reduce unemployment in the country, the one-year national service scheme will be to include professional and enterprising programmes to support and motivate those who would not want to embrace public services in the country.

He said, “After the mandatory one-year service, the Federal Government is planning an extension, to professionally train interested corps members in skill acquisition, enterprising and professional programmes.

“Corps members with keen interest would be retained and some financial token given to them as start-up capital in furtherance of their skill.

“This is because due to our research, we found out that people abandon school due to uncertainty of the future. Hence, we believe this would help reduce the unemployed graduate ratio and curtail pressure on white-collar job as a means to win the war against poverty.”

The minister explained that graduates who received addition training after the mandatory one-year service would be provided with a start-up capital at the end of the training.