Aggrieved youth corps demand payment of allowances

National Youth Service CorpsBy  EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SOME serving and former members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have  appealed to the Federal Ministry of Works Headquarters in Abuja to pay their stipends.

The organisation reported that the ministry had not fulfilled its pledge to settle the agreed compensation of some corps member serving under its watch between 2012 and this year.

“The excuse they keep telling us is that there is no money whereas every other ministries are paying their corp members. We are of the opinion that someone is actually sitting on this money and don’t want to pay us. We want the public to be aware of this,” NYSC Corps said in a brief but expressive statement.

The corps members said they would be grateful if assisted about the issue.

While comment could not be obtained from the relevant ministry, it has been previously reported the re-assignment of youth between states had affected their payment.

Some protests over some unpaid allowances have degenerated into violence.

The NYSC scheme was created in 1973 in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the civil war.

– CAJ News






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