NYSC DG is a good man, don’t misinterpret him. Here are the truths you must know about Corps Members’ Arrears.
In our previous post, we had reported that NYSC DG said there is no arrears for Corps members. Following this report, many people have misinterpreted the Director General of the National Youth Service (NYSC).
It’s unfortunate that some graduates do not read in between the lines before jumping into conclusion. The NYSC DG is a good man. He loves his Corps members and wants arrears to be paid to them more than anyone else.
However, the DG is not the one paying Corps members’ allowance, so his hands are tied. He was actually explaining that ‘no money has been approved to pay corps members arrears’, therefore no arrears for Corps members.
NYSC allowance was captured in the 2020 budget of the Scheme, payable with effect from January this year, which therefore precludes the payment of arrears.
“Corps Members are not civil servants, they are on National Service and the commencement date for the payment of the increment of their allowance is January 2020 which the Federal Government has started”, he said.
So, from this statement, the DG was explaining that NYSC allowance was captured in 2020 budget, “payable with effect from January 2020”. And that Corps members are on National Service, not Civil Service.
The minimum wage that President Buhari signed into law in April was for civil servants.
Meanwhile, the commencement date for the payment of the increment of Corps members’ allowance is in January 2020 which actually started in January, 2020.
We think, it’s left for the Federal Government to tell us if Corps members’ allowance was part of what was signed into law in April.
Thanks to the NYSC DG, he is a good man by making it clear to all of us. He cannot pay what is not given to him.
Now, we know the truth. The best we can do is to negotiate with President Muhammadu Buhari. We need to make him understand that many Corps members need the minimum wage arrears to survive.