The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has increased transport and local allowances of corps members during orientation programmes.
A statement by Director Press and Publications department of the scheme, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi said 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members have lauded the increase when the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure visited the Ebonyi State Orientation Camp.
Corps members transport allowance has been increased from N1,500 to N1,800 while the local allowance is now N1,400 against the earlier N1,000.
The Director-General of the National Youth Sevice Corps, Brigadier General Zakari Kazaure, while assuring Corps Members posted to serve in Taraba State of adequate security has warned then against evangelism.
He insisted that the concern of the corps members should be to serve and not to go and indoctrinate the host communities.
Kazaure said these on Wednesday in Jalingo when he visited Corps members currently undergoing orientation course at the NYSC camp, Sibre, near Jalingo.
The NYSC programme has been in the news lately following the death of three ‘Corpers’ across the nation. In most countries, tragic events like these would lead to a bout of soul-searching followed by reforms to ensure such deaths do not happen again. But Nigeria is not most countries.
I dislike the NYSC programme and think it is a waste of time and resources. But my reasons for not liking it are slightly different – I think it is an unfair way for government to spend money.