From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
About 1, 600, 2018 Batch A Corps members that have completed their service year in Kogi state on Thursday received their discharge certificates to mark the end of their service.
The passing out ceremony which was done in a low key in Lokoja saw no Corps members repeating their service year.
The Kogi State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Oludolapo Ahile while addressing journalists shortly after the ceremony noted that the passing out corps members comprises 834 males and 756 females.
The State Coordinator who spoke through the NYSC Public Relations Officer, Rev. Adedapo Tayo said the passing out Corps members recorded no death during the service year under review.
Explaining further, she said two Corps members, Seun Albert and Dr Alabi Vincent won the State award for their effective performance during the service year.
Ahile lauded the out going corps members for their conduct during the service year, admonishing them to sustain the tempo in their future endeavors.
She however, urged the outgoing corps members to remain focused in their efforts to be self reliant and self sustaining as white collar jobs are no longer readily available.
The coordinator also advised them to put into practice all the skills and entrepreneurship training they received during their one year national service.
Ahile also enjoined the corps members to continue to be good ambassadors of their homes, institutions and the country at large.
She urged them not to rely on government jobs but strive to utilise the skills learnt which is capable of making them employers of labour in the nearest future.
The coordinator reminded the corps members not to think that their service to the nation had ended, urging them to go out and impact positively on their immediate society.
”As part of the end of service year activities, the corps members engaged in sanitation projects, visitation to Federal Prisons and Orphanage homes in the state.
”Also, the corps members, on Wednesday, celebrated their end of year programme at the Glass House, of Government House , Lokoja, for impactful and successful service year with several dignitaries in attendance,” Tayo said.
“NYSC is proud of this Batch A 2018 set. They conducted them selves as if they are from one family. I hope they will continue like this as they move to another world of life. They have done well and am optimistic that they can comfortably rely on what they learnt from the compulsory one year service to survive” She added.