NYSC Speaks On New Allowance For Corpers
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that any form of increase in the monthly allowance of corp members is directly tied to the national minimum wage.
Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of the NYSC made the disclosure in Abuja on Thursday.
He added that efforts were already in the pipeline to increase the allowance of corps members in line with the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The DG, however, added that such an increament can only be actualized once the national minimum wage is fully implemented.
Gen. Ibrahim told a NAN forum that “NYSC allowance is tied to the national minimum wage. Whenever there is an increase in minimum wage, corps members will also benefit automatically.
“The talk is ongoing, as soon as it is concluded, something will be done in that regard.
“The prospect is bright and we are thinking outside the box to see that NYSC continues to grow from strength to strength.
“Our contribution to the electoral process will continue to expand; there are various stakeholders that want to partner with us.
“I appeal to our corps employers to take care of the welfare of members; mentor them.”
The NYSC boss further called on employers to take corpers’ welfare seriously and desist from the habit of rejecting corps members posted to their organisations.
He added that the scheme would device practical ways to support the Federal Government in funding the NYSC, considering the huge number of corps members mobilised every year.
“NYSC started with 2,000 corps members, but the number has risen to 400,000 yearly. We are now thinking outside the box to see how we can assist government in funding it.
“We will strengthen our skills acquisition department, and also see how we can establish consultancy services and tap the potential of the corps members.
“The corps members are talented. I have just secured approval to establish an NYSC FM station in Abuja to help members to develop their skills in broadcasting and contribute their quota to national development.”