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Sultan against opening of NYSC orientation camps during Ramadan

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, a foremost Islamic body in Nigeria, has “condemned in strongest terms”, the decision of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to continue running its orientation camps for fresh graduates across the country, despite the Ramadan fast.

The body, led by Abubakar Sa’ad, the Sultan of Sokoto, also urge the Nigerian Army to immediately postpone its planned recruitment exercise until Muslims have concluded their fasting period for 2017.

The decision was part of many resolutions, which included fervent prayers for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, reached by JNI at its recently-concluded annual central council meeting in Kaduna.

The two-day event was held between May 21 and 22.

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The organisation said NYSC admitting new entrants into orientation camps and the Nigerian Army conducting recruitment exercise during Ramadan would put Muslim faithful, especially those observing fasting and prayers, at a disadvantage.

“This is because the prospective corps members would be at disadvantage to their faith and other camp activities.

“In the same vein, the council calls on the authority of the Nigerian Army to postpone the intended recruitment exercise until after Ramadan to avoid putting prospective candidates at disadvantage,” it said.

The JNI called on the NYSC to honour a previous agreement entered by the two parties for camp activities to be placed on hold during Ramadan.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army and NYSC did not immediately return calls and text messages to their respective lines for comments Wednesday afternoon.

NYSC Members In Sokoto State To Plant One Million Trees

In an attempt to stop deforestation in the state, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has revealed that corps members serving in will plant one million trees before the end of 2017.

This disclosure was made by the state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, in a statement this morning:

“All the corps members in the 23 local governments will be made to plant these trees and nurse them.

“The trees will be planted by the corps members as part of their community development projects.

“This is the modest contribution of the scheme to the afforestation and reforestation efforts of the state and Federal Governments.

“Trees are very crucial in combatting the menace of desert encroachment, gully erosion and flooding.”

Abubakar further said that trees were also critical in improving the socioeconomic statuses of the people, medicinal uses, provide food and aesthetics for the environment.