Sokoto state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has set record as the first governor in the state to host youth corps members serving in the state to a special sallah feast urging them to strive in building and advancing a Nigeria of their dream.
Speaking on Saturday at the event attended by hundreds of the corps members in Sokoto Government House, Tambuwal commended them for their sacrifice and dedication to nation-building.
He said despite the challenges facing the NYSC scheme and the nation as a whole, the youths should not lose focus as Nigeria will come out of it stronger.
“We believe in the oneness of this country. Nigeria is better and greater as one strong nation. Every nation and country have their respective challenges. What we are facing in Nigeria is a passing phase and I believe we shall come out of it stronger.
“As youths, you are all talented in your own rights and as leaders, it our duty to lay solid platforms which will help you all to excel in your chosen careers. IN Sokoto, we are happy with your contributions to the development of our state.
“For those of you who want to remain here with us after your service year, we will encourage you to stay. For those who want to go back home after your service, we pray to God to return you to your homes safely,” he added.
While expressing their appreciation to the Governor for his care and concern to their safety and welfare, the corps members described Sokoto as the most peaceful state in the federation.
“Coming here has changed a lot of negative perception I have about Nigeria, the North and Islam. The people here are humble, hospitable and caring,” said one of the corps members who gave her name simply as Benedictta and a graduate of Data Analytics from one of the universities in Cyprus.
Similarly, the Senator representing Sokoto North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, at the weekend tasked Corps members in the country to be the vanguards of the fight against corruption.
The call was contained in a statement issued to reporters in Sokoto by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Senator, Bashir Rabe Mani.
Wamakko, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, spoke when he received a group of corps members who paid him a sallah homage at his Gawon Nama residence, Sokoto.
He said,” this call is very important as the corps members are part of the population of energetic and youthful Nigerian youths.
” The corps members are also part of the crop of the youths to whom that the current generation of leaders will hand over power to in the future.
”Consequently, the corps members should sustain their present tempo of contributions to national development in all its ramifications, including the fight against corruption.
” The socioeconomic monster has been the cog in the wheel of the even development of the nation.”
The lawmaker was further quoted as also extolling the virtues of the National Youths Service Scheme since over the past four decades
Wamakko, however, vowed that the National Assembly would do everything humanly possible to ensure the adequate funding of the scheme, as well as all youths related activities.
Accordingly, the lawmaker admonished the corps members to regard any parts of Nigeria as home.
‘” Sokoto State is the most peaceful state in the country, as well as the most corps members’ friendly state in the nation.
” So you should always feel at home and strive to make Nigeria better than you met it.
” You should also always ponder on the best ways to make Nigeria more peaceful, united and socio-economically prosperous,” he said.
In a related development, the Sarkin Yamman Sokoto and Marafan Hausa has continued to receive myriad of groups and associations that were trooping to his residence to pay him sallah message.
The latest groups who were at his Gawon Nama residence were from Wamakko and Sokoto South local governments