Corps members have once again reminded the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim to pay their arrears.
It is worthy to note that President Muhammadu Buhari signed N30,000 minimum wage into law on Thursday 18th April, 2019.
The minimum wage law was not immediately implemented, which necessitates the payment of arrears to workers including Corps members.
When the minimum wage law was fully implemented in January, 2020, civil servants were paid arrears, but Corps members were left out.
However, the NYSC DG, on several occasions clarified that there is no arrears for Corps members. Reacting to this, a Corps member, identified as John Matthias said:
“We will take this as a breach to democracy because paying in arrears is an agreement reach out between the federal government and the labour that arrears would be paid as soon as the national minumum wage is fully implemented.
“I don’t know why the federal government is too adamant about this but to say the truth Director General should open up to federal government about the non payment of our entitlements.”
Corps members expected the NYSC DG to fight over their arrears as the head of the scheme, which he obviously not doing.
Also, Corps members reminded the NYSC DG that Federal Government paid arrears to Corps members during the Former president Jonathan’s administration.
“What about the indices of President Ebere Goodluck? Didn’t he pay arrears? Why are we over flogging issues to the detriment of the public due for their commensurate profit,” Artman Godwin said.
Another Corps member, Abdullah Ogacheko, on social media said:
“No going back, agitation for arrears continue until BUHARI AND NYSC DG pay us. If they fail to pay, our pray is that they will experience strange visit. Who knows how coronavirus came.
“GOODLUCK paid, and Buhari goverment should not be exceptional. DG I advise you to meet with BUHARI and change the idea of not paying copers arrears, since the increment affected them they deserve to be paid.”
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