There is jubilation among serving corps members and prospective corps members (PCM) Wednesday, January 29, 2020, as President Muhammadu Buhari finally approved N33, 000 monthly allowance for them.
Before the approval, NYSC members were paid N19, 800 as monthly allowance.
For more than a year, there had been agitations for the government to review the monthly allowance of the NYSC members to reflect the current economic realities in the country.
The call started receiving more voices in 2019 when Buhari signed into law the new Minimum Wage Bill for civil servants which didn’t capture the NYSC members.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, disclosed this during a session with some corps members at the service’s Bauchi State Secretariat.
NYSC DG explained that the approval was made in line with the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage by the Federal Government.
He said, “Contrary to the various amounts being circulated on the social media, the sum of thirty-three thousand naira had been approved as the new rate.”
He said provision had been made for the new allowance in the year 2020 Budget, adding that payment would commence as soon as funds are released by the appropriate authorities.
In September, Ibrahim had hinted that the monthly allowance of corps members would be increased “immediately the federal government starts the payment of the new minimum wage”.
The Guardian further quoted him as saying, “Your monthly allowance would be increased immediately the Federal Government starts the payment of the new minimum wage to all public servants nationwide,” he said in an address delivered at the NYSC orientation camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
Sunday Dare, the minister of youth and sports development, also confirmed the increase although he did not provide details.
The increase of NYSC allawie from N19, 800 to N33, 000 is significant and is going to have an effect on the market.
There may be slight inflation in the prices of goods and services as market women are also conversant of their environment.
NYSC has hundreds of Nigerian graduates in the service who undergo a year mandatory service to the nation.
They are usually posted to a state outside their region or state of origin.
NYSC was introduced by the regime of ex-Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon immediately after the end of Civil to promote integration among Nigerians.