NYSC speaks on increasing monthly allowance

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By John Owen Nwachukwu

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has told corps members hoping for an increment in their monthly allowance to perish the thought.

The scheme said that there is no such plan in place for the time being.

Fielding questions from the media at NYSC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, the Director-General of the Youth Scheme, Brig-Gen Yashua Dogara Ahmed, advised corps members to embrace skills acquisition.

He said: “This present government increased the corpers’ allowance. It was N19,500, and they increased it to N33,000. That’s fair enough.

“I’ve told the corps members, pick a skill and learn. Even as government workers, I told them, salary is never enough for us. We always ask for an increment.

“Today, you’re collecting N33,000, and when you finish serving, you get a job of N100,000 to N150,000, and that is five times what you used to get, but you’ll still be complaining and looking for an increment.”

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