It was gathered that the Sokoto State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Thomas Yamma, on Thursday said five members of the corps under the 2015 Batch B, Stream One died within the service year.
Yamma made the disclosure in Sokoto at the Passing Out ceremony of the batch.
He said that the five were among the 2,112 NYSC members posted to Sokoto State and that the deaths were as a result of natural causes.
He added that 11 of the corps members were to repeat the service year for absconding from their places of primary assignment.
He noted that seven members had their service year extended by between two and four months for various offences, stressing, however, that “happily, four corps members received state merit awards, four got chairman’s award, while six others got commendation letters.
“On the whole, the corps members had exhibited high sense of commitment and diligence.
“I must also hasten to commend the management of the NYSC, the Sokoto State Government and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, for their sustained support to the scheme.”
The Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Ladan, lauded the outgoing corps members for being good ambassadors of the scheme, their alma maters, their states of origin and their families.