Abuja - A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Jalila Ahmad, has urged Nigerian youths, especially NYSC members, to be patriotic when embarking on Community Development Services (CDS).
Ahmad, who is serving with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), a parastatal agency of the Federal Ministry of Health, made the call in an interview in Abuja.
Ahmad said that exhibiting some level of patriotism would enable corps members to establish projects that would be beneficial to the community.
She said that she decided to execute projects worth three million naira at the Primary Health Care Centre in Jikwoyi, Abuja, because of her love for the country, women and children.
The corps member said she was also motivated to embark on the projects due to the poor sanitation of the environment and the need to give the centre a facelift.
"I will like to encourage corps members to embark on community development projects without looking at personal gains.
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"If you really want to have a successful project, then, you need to exhibit patriotism; otherwise, you might give up along the line.
'This patriotism must be devoid of tribal and religious sentiment because the idea is to see everybody as a Nigerian," she said.
Ahmad, who graduated from University of Houston in the U.S. with a degree in Psychology and Biology, added that she constructed a modern toilet, repaired a borehole, erected signposts and also provided refuse bins, among others in the area.
According to her, the projects which also included a labour room, two office blocks for family planning and antenatal, formed part of her CDS, sponsored by government and non- government institutions.
Ahmad commended the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) for contributing largely to the projects and called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the government in providing basic amenities for the less-privileged to ensure a healthy living.
The projects executed by Ahmad were inaugurated and received on June 18 by Josephine Nnodim, the Supervisory Councillor for Health in Abuja Municipal Area Council.