By Stanley Onyekwere
Two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) batch B 2019, Miss Ilori Ayotola Deborah, and Mr. Ilozumba Patrick Chiagozie, have gained automatic employment into the services of FCT Administration, following their outstanding performance during their one year mandatory service in the Territory.
The duo, Deborah with batch number FCT/19B/5861, and Chiagozie, batch number FCT/19B/6140, also bagged ministerial award in recognition of their immense contributions to rural communities especially during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting the award to the corps members, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended them for exhibiting what she described as “consciousness and selflessness” during their one year mandatory service.
Aliyu used the occasion to pledge that the FCT Administration would continue to appreciate those who have worked hard to promote the unity of this country especially during service year, stressing that the NYSC scheme has continued to foster unity among different ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
According to her: “Today marks another milestone in the history of our younger ones especially the two outstanding corps members. During the processes of growth, we all look forward to a time when we will be appreciated, a period where someone will tap you on the shoulder and say you have done well.
“You will get so many awards and laurels with the way you are going and with your antecedent, the sky is the limit for both of you. From your citations, you have exhibited consciousness and selflessness in service.
“Nobody will hear about you if you choose to carry out your normal duties, but you must do extraordinary things to be treated extraordinary. The Governing Board finds you worthy for this honour, and I have no doubt in my mind that you deserves this award after listening to your citations.
“You are indeed outstanding. When I listened to the citation of Ilori Ayotola Deborah, I was really proud of a young beautiful lady who is selfless and committed to duty.
“The administration will therefore continue to appreciate those who have worked harder to promote the unity of this country. The period of youth service, ushers you into a completely new environment, new culture, new faces to cohabit with and understand and learn from each other.”
She continues: “Once again, we appreciate you for your outstanding performance and to inform you that there is always a space for you in the FCT Administration. We are waiting for your response because you must make FCT proud and I will be the happiest person to see you among those that will be receiving the presidential award.
“The two corps members, if interested should be engaged in the services of FCT Administration and I believe that it will encourage other corps members to stand-out.”
Earlier in her remarks, the Acting Secretary of FCT Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedima, said corps member Deborah, who hails from Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti state was born on February 27, 1994, had her tertiary education at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state where she studied Linguistics, and served as Welfare Coordinator of the Youth Support Network, targeted at reproduction health of young adolescents.
Onyedima also disclosed that Chiagozie, who hails from Anambra state graduated from Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka where he obtained a degree in Fine and Applied Art and passed out with a Second Class Upper.
She added that upon his deployment to FCT, he was to posted to Federal Inland Revenue Service for his primary assignment, where he served as a Federal Engagement and Enlightenment Tax Team Officer.