The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that following the review of the minimum wage by the Nigerian government the NYSC monthly allowance will also be reviewed and increased.
Below are his exact words on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch A corps members at the NYSC orientation camp in Kusalla, Kano state:
“our efforts to ensure that the NYSC monthly allowance of the corps members is increased have yielded a very good result following series of discussion with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.
“The N18,800 paid to Corps members is grossly inadequate to cater for their needs during the mandatory one year service to the nation.
“The federal government had set-up a committee to look into the upward review of the minimum wage which will determine the increase of the corps members’ allowance.”
“We have been assured that when the new minimum wage takes effect, also the corps members allowance will be reviewed upward”.
Mrs Adenike Adeyemi who is the NYSC Director for Press and Publications confirmed this in her recent announcement that the transport and local allowances have already been increased. This according to her is in line with the Federal Government’s approved minimum wage for civil servants.
One part of it has been implemented, it is safe to say, these aren’t tell-tales but will in a few months be actualized.