The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says 95 per cent of corps members deployed to Sokoto State have been posted to teach in schools.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Philip Enaberue, made the disclosure on Monday in Wamakko, Sokoto, during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C, Stream 1 Orientation exercise for NYSC deployed to the state.
Enaberue said 2,089 corps members were posted to the state out of which 1, 047 are males, while 1, 042 are females.
According to him, the posting is part of efforts to support the state government in the education sector.
“Your Excellency Sir, the NYSC management in the state is mindful of the focus of your administration, which declared emergency in education sector.
“The emphasis which you placed on education has necessitated the posting of about 95 per cent of the corps members.
“They would be posted to schools located in all communities including the hinterlands,’’ he said.
The coordinator urged corps members to exhibit positive attitude to their employers at places of their primary assignments.
“There is no doubt in my mind that if you exhibit positive attitude to your employers, they will go to any length to make you comfortable throughout the service year,’’ Enaberue said.
He urged the corps members to intensify efforts toward contributing positively to the development of their host communities.
“I urge you to move to host communities, settle down quickly and identify one or two things you feel is the need of the community, articulate and execute them,’’ Enaberue said.
In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, assured the corps members of maximum security.
Tambuwal urged them to be law-abiding, dress moderately and shun any form of provocative outfit and to associate freely with community members.
The governor also urged them to respect the culture and tradition of their host communities and assimilate some aspects of the culture of the people.
He challenged the corps members to continue to pursue the unity of Nigeria, explore its potential for growth and development as well as use empowerment skills to embark on viable ventures.
The governor advised the corps members to promote tolerance and understanding among all Nigerians in addition to their becoming change agents that would solve the nation’s problems and challenges.
“The nation is faced with enormous challenges of development and meeting them needs collective efforts,’’ Tambuwal said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, said that the corps members had demonstrated exemplary conduct during the orientation exercise, expressing hope that they would not relent in their endeavours.
Ladan urged them to join forces with government in fighting corruption, drug abuse and other social vices in the country.
He said that distinguished corps members would receive awards from state government and Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar at the end of their one-year service.
Ladan noted that there would also be sanction against any corps member found wanting.