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The Sokoto state government has increased the allowances of corps members serving in the state – The increase affects all categories of youth corps members, with graduates of major health courses getting more.

Aminu Tambuwal made the announcement during the swearing-in ceremony of 2016 Batch A Stream II corps members on Monday, June 13.

The Sokoto state government has increased the allowances of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state with a pledge to begin immediate payment of the new payment structure.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made the announcement of the new policy during the swearing-in ceremony of 2016 Batch A Stream II corps members at the state NYSC orientation camp in Wamakko town, on Monday, June 13. He said the state government appreciated the services of corps members and the government would continue to make their welfare a top priority. Tambuwal said the increase affected all categories of youth corps members, while graduates of major health courses would get more.

He said: “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.” Governor Tambuwal urged the youth corps members to reciprocate government gesture by being diligent in their areas of primary assignments, adding that they should shun vices that will lead to the breakdown of law and order and communal harmony.

Meanwhile, Daniel Oluwatobi, an ex-youth corps member who lost his sight while serving as an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff for the 2011 elections has been employed by the commission. Oluwatobi who served in Yobe state, was said to have lost his sight while on election duty during the 2011 general elections.