Mr. Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Development, has revealed that the federal government will shortly enhance the NYSC members’ monthly allowance.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently considering a proposal to increase their compensation.
Yesterday in Abuja, he spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of members of the committee for the upcoming 50th NYSC commemoration in May 2023.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Director General, Yeshua Ahmed, and the management staff have forwarded an upgraded welfare (allowances) package for corps members to the president, according to Dare.
He said: “The stipends of our youth corps members have been raised from N19,000 to N33,000, exceeding the minimum wage. And this contributes to their welfare.
“As we speak, the NYSC under the direction of the director general and the management staff have sent a request to the president to upgrade their uniform and increase their various allowances.”
“If this receives the necessary permission, even SAED (Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development) training will extend beyond three weeks and span the duration of youth service. Hence, these are the areas covered.
This committee will also provide recommendations on reforms and improvements not only for the welfare of NYSC members but also for the structure that drives and maintains the organization.
Earlier in his speech, the minister stated that the committee’s terms of reference included the following: articulating plans towards the commissioning of the NYSC ICT Centre as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration and advising management on the best means of equipping the centre; calling for submissions from Corps members for a logo and mascot to commemorate the anniversary; and harmonising reports of committees on the Review of NYSC Composite Policy Document, NYSC Conditions of Service, and the NYSC Bye Law.