COVID-19: Will NYSC Pay Corps Members’ Allowance For March

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic worldwide, will NYSC pay Corps members’ allowance for the month of March, 2020?

We have been receiving messages from Corps members who want to know if NYSC will pay them amidst coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria. We created this post to set the record straight. Just keep reading.

Will NYSC Pay Corps Members

Recall that the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Nigeria on February 27. The case involved an Italian who diagnosed with the disease in Lagos Nigeria.

However, NYSC rejected advice that it should postpone its orientation course scheduled to commence from 10th -30th March, 2020.

On 18th March (after spending just 8 days in camp), NYSC suspended its orientation course for fear of coronavirus. And on 19th March, NYSC suspended Corps members’ CDS meeting and monthly biometric clearance nationwide.

As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 keep rising, on 24th March, NYSC granted all corps members permission to travel to their various homes.

Now the question many people are asking is, “will NYSC pay Corps members’ allowance for the month of March, 2020?”

Our answer on whether Corps members will be paid allowance

Yes, Corps members will RECEIVE their allowance for the month of March, 2020. But for subsequent months, they might not be paid unless Coronavirus pandemic is over.

Why Corps members might not be paid for subsequent months is because the scheme has fixed duration of one year. Therefore, Corps members’ service to Nigeria is not permanent unlike civil servants.

Let’s take 2020 Batch A Stream 1 for example: If NYSC continue to pay while their service is on hold, and coronavirus last for one year.

It means, when coronavirus is over, NYSC will repeat the payment or discharge them or allow them to serve without no further payment.

Since NYSC members are not civil servants but on National service, it’s likely they will not receive allowance beyond March, 2020.

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

63 thoughts on “COVID-19: Will NYSC Pay Corps Members’ Allowance For March”

  1. Plz,for d 2020 batch A stream 1,are we still going back to camp to finish our inconclusive orientation?.

  2. Pls I wasn’t able to submit my clearance form for the month of April like most Corp members did do to coro stuff..Hope it wouldn’t affect my biometrics..

  3. Please sir, I made a relocation but i didn’t submit my relocation approval letter to the NYSC secretariat, and I have to do so within 21 days. And people are saying they are on holiday and I don’t know when are they coming back to work. Pls what should I do so that my letter would not be rejected as a result of lapse of time.

  4. Sunday Olusegun Emmanuel

    Allowance will be paid, stop listening to this nonsense post, even the DG himself said, Allowance payment will not stop. Allowance payment continues.

  5. Mr Humphrey,please I wants to ask, what are the tangible reasons why it been speculated that NYSC wouldn’t pay this Batch Stream1 subsequent monthly allowance, cause we have been duly registered to serve and fully documented in our various PPAs. I see no reasons why it shouldn’t be paid undermining the pandemic epilepsy. That’s why as a frontier,I wanted to hear from you basic reasons why the FG/NYSC will not pay us. I understands that every money for each scheme has already be budgeted for, even all our expenses/ feeding in Camp has been made arrange for and we can likewise let them know that the money budgeted for us to feed was not use on us due to the sudden pandemic, so why should they even think of withholding our service money. Please am soliciting for quick response to this regard from you sir. Mr Humphrey. God bless you. Thanks.

    1. The writer didn’t say you will not be paid. You will duly receive your March Allowance but if the service is put on hold for subsequent months because of Coronavirus, it is likely that your allowance will also be put on hold. Or if NYSC continue to pay, they will be counting it that your are service even while you are obeying stay at home order, so if Corona last for one year, you will be discharged without serving at all. But if your service and allowance are put on hold, after Corona everything will start as normal.

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