Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto, hosted 1, 604 National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC) members to a `royal’ lunch, to welcome them to Sokoto State, on Monday.
The event which was held at the palace of the Sultan, was graced by all members of the Sultanate Council.
The Sultan told the Batch ” A” corps members currently in camp in Sokoto, that they must utilise their stay in the state to broaden their knowledge of Nigeria and its people.
He said that the scheme would continue to remain a veritable tool of national unity and cohesion.
Abubakar advised the 1, 604 corps members to utilise the opportunity to develop life-long relationships and leave a legacy of hard work, selfless service and sacrifice during their stay.
The monarch, who described the NYSC scheme as “indispensable and crucial” to Nigeria’s unity, ordered District Heads in the state to take good care of corps members posted to their areas.
The Sultan assured the corps members that his Palace would remain open to them at all times.
”Sokoto state remains the most peaceful in the country.
“Just as I am admonishing you to respect the cultures and religion of your host communities, I am also urging you to imbibe the habit of self reliance, so as to be employers of labour instead of relying in white collar jobs.”
Meanwhile, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Thomas Yamma, appreciated the Sultan’s gesture, saying it was worthy of emulation by all.
He told the monarch that eighty per cent of the corps members will be posted to schools, to support the state government’s efforts to re-position the education sector.