Sokoto State government has raised the allowances of youth corps members serving in the state, with a pledge to begin the immediate payment of the new rate.
Governor Aminu 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 town.
He said the state government appreciated the services of corps members and the government would continue to make their welfare a top priority.
Mr. Tambuwal said the increase affected all categories of youth corps members, while graduates of major health courses would get more.
“Graduates of medicine will now be paid N50,000 from the current amount of N36,000. Pharmacists will now 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 getting 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 received from as state allawee,” he said.
While urging the youth corps members to reciprocate government gesture by being diligent in their areas of primary assignments, Mr. Tambuwal urged them to shun vices that will lead to the breakdown of law and order and communal harmony.
“I urge you to shun militancy, terrorism and cultism. I also invite you explore Sokoto and study its rich history, culture and people,” the governor said.