[Niger]–The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier Sulaiman Zakari Kazaure, has said that an increase in the allowance of youth corps members in the country will be determined by the introduction of a new national minimum wage for workers currently under review.
He made this statement on Thursday at Minna, the Niger State capital, while fielding questions from newsmen after the swearing-in of Batch A stream 1 of the 2017 corps members deployed in Niger State for their service year.
According to him, the scheme was aware that the allowance received by corps members was meagre in the face of the poor economic situation which was why state governments were urged to augment the stipend with N5,000 monthly for each youth corps member.
He regretted that Niger State had not implemented the policy thereby subjecting the corps members to economic hardship.
“The NYSC allowance is determined by the national minimum wage. We are waiting on the government to take a decision on the new wage structure before we know what to do,” he said.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in a message delivered by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, on behalf of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal at the swearing ceremony of the 2017 Batch ” A”, Stream 1, corps members in Sokoto on Thursday has said that the NYSC is crucial for sustainable national unity, integration and economic development.
According to him, the Federal Government was aware of the challenges facing the scheme.
“They include insecurity, deployment management and processes, among others.
“We shall continue to encourage continued cooperation between the federal, state and local governments.
“This is to ensure the smooth and effective execution of the operations relating to the scheme,” he added.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg