Mixed reactions trail payment of N33,000 to NYSC members in Plateau
The payment of N33,000 to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Plateau State has been eliciting mixed reactions.
While many saw it as a motivation towards a commitment to the Places of Primary Assignment (PPAs), some wittingly wished they would have an extra 12 months of service.
Adewuyi Adewale, a Batch A corps member, revealed to The Guardian that the notification gave him goosebumps.
“I never believed the news until I saw the alert. If privilege would be given, I would have loved to have another 12 months of the service year,” he said.
Another corps member, Ogunyemi Abidemi, corroborated him. “I wish my service year is extended so that I can benefit more from the N33,000. This is a major feat from the Federal Government and I am so excited about it.”
Others revealed that the new ‘allawie’ came with a spirit of commitment and hard work to the scheme.
“I am happy serving. This allowance has a lot to do for me. I am a fashion designer and this would help me invest more in my trade. I promise to put in my best and be a good ambassador of the scheme during my service year,” Babatunde said.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim said the Federal Government approved N33,000 for the corps members in line with the new national minimum wage.
Previously, the corps members were paid N 19,800 as monthly allowance.
While speaking to corps members at the Bauchi secretariat during his working visit to the state, Ibrahim explained, “Contrary to the various amounts being circulated on the social media, N33,000 has been approved as the new rate.”
He, therefore, told corps members that much is expected of them at this moment and that the new allowance should be seen as push to increase commitment and selfless dedication to the scheme.
However, as of yesterday, some corps members across the states said they were yet to receive the new pay.
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