Cursory: The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is considering adjusting its member allowances due to the high cost of living in Nigeria. This was discussed by NYSC’s Director-General, Brig. Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, during a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is considering a possible adjustment to the allowances provided to its members due to the current high cost of living in Nigeria.
This information was conveyed by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development led by Martins Etim Esin.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed noted that any increment in allowances would be contingent on the outcome of the proposed review of salary structures for government workers by the Federal Government.
He also expressed optimism regarding the NYSC Trust Fund Bill, which, when signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, would enhance the scheme’s skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development program established in 2022.
The Director-General highlighted that participants in this program have the potential to become employers rather than job seekers upon completing their service year.
Furthermore, Brig. Gen. Ahmed emphasized the NYSC’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of corps members during their orientation camps. He mentioned proactive measures to address the recurring issue of members being rejected at their primary assignment locations.
He also provided updates on efforts to secure the release of corps members who had been kidnapped in Zamfara State, highlighting collaborative efforts with security agencies and the state government in this regard.
Regarding the safety of corps members, the Director-General emphasized the importance of adhering to guidelines, including refraining from night journeys and seeking accommodation in military barracks or NYSC lodges when necessary to avoid traveling at night.
In his words: “We have always given key advice to prospective corps members. The issue of traveling at night…it’s there on paper. We strictly advise them not to embark on night journeys. If they get anywhere by 6:00 p.m., they have to break the journey and pass the night in any military barracks or in our NYSC lodges spread across the country.”
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