Sokoto – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday said calls for the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was unpatriotic.
Abubakar made the remark when he hosted the representatives of the 1,399 batch “A” 2013 corps members posted to the state in Sokoto.
According to the Sultan, the scheme is making critical impact positively in the various sectors of Nigeria’s economy.
“This is more pronounced especially in the health and education sectors and many schools may have to be closed down if the scheme is scrapped.
“Scrapping the scheme will be antithetical to even the socioeconomic development of the country.
“The scheme has now become synonymous with most of the Nigerian communities.
“The corps members are also contributing immensely in the provision of the needed infrastructure in the country like roads, water, democracy and sustenance of peace and unity.”
He advised them not to be dissuaded by such unbecoming calls rather they should be committed to the ideals of the scheme.
He further told them that, there was peace, unity and freedom of religion in, especially, Sokoto State.
“Nobody will Islamise Nigeria and nobody will compel you to accept any religion here. You have an unfettered freedom of religion here.
“You should, however, be your brothers’ keepers, mingle freely with the local communities and you can even stay and integrate with them upon the completion of your national service,” Abubakar urged .
The sultan promised to continue to do everything possible to ensure the success of the scheme at all levels.
Abubakar also announced the donation of two cows to facilitate the social activities of the members at the orientation camp.
Earlier, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Abdu Taura, said they were in the palace to pay respect and seek for royal blessings from the sultan.
Taura commended the sultan for his continuous support to the scheme. (NAN)