The National Youth Service Corps has been talking about increment in the monthly allowance of Corp members. Learn more about the NYSC allowance increment 2018 here.
The NYSC allowance popularly known as “allawee” is the monthly allowance paid by the federal government to all the Corp members. This money is not a wage but rather something for the Corp members to take care of needs during their one year of service. Before 2018, the monthly allowance for all the NYSC Corpers was 18,800 Naira.
This amount is hardly enough for most of them to cater for their needs. Earlier this year, the National Youth Service Corps began discussing increment in the monthly allowance given to NYSC Corpers. According to the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Sulaiman Kazaure, the NYSC held series of discussion with the Minister of Labour and Productivity.
Here is what the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Sulaiman Kazaure said earlier this year concerning the increment of the NYSC allowance.
“Our efforts to ensure that the monthly allowance of the corps members is increased have yielded a very good result following series of discussion with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.
The 18,800 Naira paid to Corps members is grossly inadequate to cater for their needs during the mandatory one year service to the nation.
“The federal government had set-up a committee to look into the upward review of the minimum wage which will determine the increase of the corps members’ allowance.”
“We have been assured that when the new minimum wage takes effect, also the corps members allowance will be reviewed upward,”
These talks yielded some positive results. The NYSC Scheme Director of Press and Publications, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi announce this around the time when the NYSC 2018 Batch A Corp Members were rounding up their orientation programme. She stated that the local allowance for the Corp members is now 1,400 Naira and the transportation allowance have been increased from 1,500 Naira to 1,800 Naira.
Although the federal government is yet to implement a new national minimum wage, some good news came out of the talks of increment. Hopefully, by the time the new national minimum wage is implemented, the NYSC allowance will also be raised.