Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for FCT, on Monday in Abuja urged NYSC members to serve as role models and be patriotic in the course of the service year.
Akinjide, represented by Mrs Blessing Onuh, the Chairman of NYSC, FCT Governing Board, gave the advice in an address at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Batch ‘B’ orientation.
He said the NYSC members should be selfless and patriotic during the service as `` many emerging developing nations are driven by the energies of their youths’’.
She said the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda identified the need to empower the Nigerian youth to discourage mass migration of unemployed graduates to other countries.
``I urge you all to bear in mind that government’s intensive skills acquisition training are all aimed at inspiring NYSC members to develop entrepreneurial spirit during the service year.
``It is our hope that you all serve as role models and be patriotic in carrying out the mandate of the post-service unemployment advocacy project.
``I implore you all to stay out of trouble and to be prepared to render selfless service to the nation, irrespective of your socio-religious and ethnic background.
``As you receive your letters for your places of primary assignments, it is expected that you contribute to the development of agriculture, education, rural health and infrastructures in the FCT.”
The minister promised to reward member who distinguish themselves by executing viable personal community development projects.
She also called on employers to accept members that would be posted to their establishments to enable them serve their fatherland.
Mr Franl Ekunobi, the NYSC FCT co-coordinator, commended them for undergone series of physical and intellectual training during the orientation, adding that they were trained to be development knowledge facilitators.
He said that of the 2,650 members posted to the camp, 153 graduated as development knowledge facilitators on family and community life reorientation.
He added that 165 graduated as development knowledge facilitators on Millennium Development Goals awareness creation and 102 graduated as peer education trainers on reproductive health care.``These agents of change are expected to step down the acquired knowledge to their various host communities through intensive training during the service year.
The training, he observed, would help to reduce the spread of the dreaded HIV and AIDS pandemic and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.