No more monthly state allawee for corps members
Naija247 has it that there’ll be No More Monthly Allowance For NYSC Youth Corpers As Cash Crunch His States’ Purse.
This they stated that most state governments have suspended the monthly allowances being paid to corps members due to the economic crunch affecting the country.
Saturday PUNCH has it that some of the states stopped paying the allowances more than one year ago. Before the economic downturn in the country, most states of the federation were paying stipends of up to N5000 to the NYSC members deployed in their areas of jurisdiction in order to augment the N19, 800 being paid by the Federal government.
But as the reality of the economic downturn is biting harder, Saturday PUNCH stated that some states suspended payment of the stipends, thereby leaving the corps members to depend solely on the N19,800 the Federal Government is paying to them. This has forced the corps members to lament.
This situation of no state monthly allowance of corps members is more pronounced in Kwara State, where the government has not paid corps members serving in the state for more than two years now.
Corps members serving in Ondo State said they had waited endlessly for the government’s promise to pay them the allowances. According to some of the corps members who are serving directly with the ministries and other government agencies, the state promised to pay them at the end of their service, but said this promise was unreliable because their predecessors were promised the same thing and got nothing after they finished the national assignment.
Corps members serving in Bauchi State have organized extra-mural classes for primary and secondary school pupils following non-payment of their allowances by the state government.
Those serving in Ekiti State said they had not received anything since they were deployed in the state last year.
A corps member posted to one of the ministries who does not want his name mentioned, said, “Since I was deployed in this ministry last year, I have not received anything. My predecessors said they were being paid N1,250 before it was increased to N3,000, but since our batch came, we have not received anything from the state government.”
Another corps member serving at a primary health care centre, who also declined to mention her name, shared a similar experience.
We hereby advise prospective corps members to think out something to augment the N19,800 federal allowee as most state no longer pay.