No fewer than 1,600 2018 Batch A corps members collected their discharge certificates to mark the end of their service year in Kogi State.
The passing out ceremony, which was done in a low-key at Lokoja on Thursday, saw no corps members repeating the service year.
The Kogi State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, while addressing journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, said 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 set recorded no death during the service year in 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.
The State NYSC coordinator lauded the outgoing corps members for their conduct during the service year, admonishing them to sustain the tempo in their future endeavours.
She, however, urged the outgoing corps members to remain focused on becoming self-reliant and sustaining.
The coordinator, therefore, advised them to put into practice all the skills and entrepreneurship training they received during their one-year of national service.
Mrs Ahile also enjoined the corps members to continue to be good ambassadors of their homes, institutions and the country.
She urged them not to rely on government jobs but to strive to utilise the skills they learnt and become 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 affect the society positively.
”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, in 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 themselves as if they are from one family. I hope they continue like this as they move to another world of life. They have done well and am optimistic that they do not relent from what have been learnt in this compulsory one year service to our nation,” she added.