By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto government has jacked up allowances of youth corps members serving in the state, with a pledge to begin immediate payment of the new structure.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal announced the new policy during the swearing-in ceremony of 2006 Batch A Stream II corps members at the state NYSC orientation camp in Wamakko.
He said the state government appreciates the services of corps members and government would continue to make their welfare a top priority.
Tambuwal said the new increase affects all categories of youth corps members, with those serving in the medical line, getting more funds than others.
“Graduates of medicine will now be paid N50,000 from the current amount of N36,000; Pharmacists will be paid N25,000 up from the N19,000 obtainable in the past, while graduates of lab science and other medical technicians like nurses are now entitled to monthly stipend of N15,000, up from the current N9,000 they are receiving from the state government.
“In the same vein, graduates of social science and humanities will now be paid N5,000 monthly, a one thousand addition from the previous N4,000 they receive from as state allowance.”
While urging the youth corps members to reciprocate government gesture by being diligent in their areas of primary assignments, Tambuwal urged them to shun vices that would lead to breakdown of law and order and communal harmony.
“I urge you to shun militancy, terrorism and cultism. I also invite you to explore Sokoto and study its rich history, culture and people,” the Governor added.