The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ibrahim Shuaibu has said graduates are falsifying their age to qualify for service.
He said the reason is because of the benefit from the increment in Corps members monthly allowance. See how NYSC calculate age for service.
Shuaibu said this at the 2020 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) virtual policy meeting. See top 10 JAMB 2020 UTME Candidates and their scores.
Below are his words:
“Following the allowance increment, people are now doctoring their ages so they can come to serve two or three times because of the allowances.”
He said NYSC would partner with JAMB to eradicate age falsification by graduating students.
“Mr Oloyede is a man of honour and I am learning to implement some of the innovation he has brought to JAMB in NYSC,” he said.
He stated that JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede changed the board for good, and said NYSC will like to work with JAMB to solve the problem of ghost Corp members as well.
“NYSC will like to have desk officers in JAMB so the corps can have people to relate with in JAMB.”
Corps members allowance
Recall that the Federal Government increased Corps members allowance in January, 2020 from N19,800 to N33,000.
The new National minimum wage was signed into law on April 18th, 2019 by President Muhammadu. However, the implementation did not take place immediately, but Federal Government promised to pay arrears to workers.
When implementation of minimum wage started, Civil servants were paid their arrears starting from the date it was signed into law to the date of implementation. But Corps members were excluded from arrears because they are not Civil servants.