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.
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.
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