The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) seeks increament of allowance to measure up the welfare of the corp members, as the standard of living isn’t what it is anymore.
The Minister of Youth Development, Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, has stated that there is uncertainty regarding a potential increase in the monthly allowance ‘Alawee’ for serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by the Federal Government.
In January 2020, the FG approved the payment of N33,000 (from N19,000) to corps members as monthly allowance, about a year after former President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law in April 2019.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels TV Sunday Politics, Bio-Ibrahim stated that the government will find innovative ways to cater for corps members’ welfare amid dwindling oil revenues.
Her words: We can’t say for sure; whether the allowance allocated to corp memebers will be increased, we all understand that resources are dwindling; even oil revenues are not as they used to be, but we will find innovative ways of ensuring that corps members’ welfare is well taken care of.”
“When it comes to renumeration and looking totally at the holistic funding of the NYSC, we have announced a reform of the NYSC scheme itself. So, we want the scheme to go beyond that social programme of government to be that revenue-generating scheme and agency.
“The reforms which transform the NYSC into a revenue-generating agency and prepare the corps members for the job market and to be decently and gainfully employed or to be employers of labour through entrepreneurship and of course, perfect matching into primary assignment and all the support they need in that career path.”