that the Federal Government was planning to increase the monthly
allowance for youth corps members.
Rumours had been rife weeks ago that the Federal Government was
planning to increase the monthly allowance from N19,800 to N50,000, but
Ngige said there’s no truth in the story.
said in a press briefing in Anambra that the Federal Government wouldn’t
increase the allowance of corps members without first coming out with a
minimum wage for the Nigerian workers.
“No recommendation has
come to the Federal Executive Council on this. The NYSC pay is on the
sliding scale; the same sliding scale with the national minimum wage
except that there is a top up; what is called top up on the national
minimum wage is to make for special transport allowance for members of
the NYSC,” he said.
“That is why today, the national minimum wage
is N18,000, and the top up for NYSC members is about N1,500 making it
N19,500. This is what the Federal Government pays each corps member.
now, there is no figure before us as an increment and as a matter of
fact, the last Federal Executive Council had mandated the Minister of
Youths and Sports to liaise with the Director General of the NYSC so
that he can be brought on board for us to work as a team,” the minister