- President Buhari signed minimum wage into law in April 2019.
- Civil servants have been paid arrears, while Corps members are yet to be paid.
- Former President Goodluck Jonathan paid corps members’ arrears in 2011.
- There is no arrangement to pay Corps members’ arrears in 2020.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), through its social media platform, has said there is no arrangement to pay Corps members minimum wage arrears.
NYSC said this as a response to a question asked by a Corps member concerning the long anticipated minimum wage arrears.
Corps Member: “What is the arrangement between federal government and NYSC to pays us our arrears ie 19A and 19B etc. @NYSC”.
NYSC: “There is none”.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari signed N30,000 Minimum wage into law in April 2019. But the implementation did not start immediately, until January 2020. So, the fallout in workers allowance from the date minimum wage was signed into law to implementation date is arrears.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had paid civil servants’ arrears, leaving corps members behind. Since then Corps members have been seeking for an explanation from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Federal Government, asking why they were left out.
However, the NYSC DG has had clarified that there is no arrears for corps members” because Corps members are not civil servants but on national service, explaining that Corps members minimum wage was approved in January 2020 and implemented the same month which means there are no arrears for corps members, and no money was given to the scheme to pay any arrears.
But many corps members on social media did not accept the NYSC DG’s explanations, insisting that the DG should demand for corps members arrears from federal government.
Corps members who spoke with Nyscinfo.com recalled that the Administration of Former President Goodluck Jonathan paid Corps members arrears when the minimum wage was raised in 2011.
Also, some Corps members who gave reason why arrears should be paid to them, said they would use the money to start a small scale business which will in turn help the economy of Nigeria.
The Federal Government will spent up to N4.7billion to pay Corps members arrears. So, do you think the Federal Government should use the money to develop our country or pay Corps members? Drop your answer in the comment section below.