The confirmation by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed that serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will be paid N30, 000 as monthly allowance has continued to generate divergent opinions.
In a series of comments on social media most especially on Facebook a few hours the news broke, some commenters praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his action while some believe that the increment would not solve the problem of unemployment among Nigerian graduates.
One of them with the Facebook name Floyd believes it would go a long way if the government could pay corps member at least N1,000,000 at the end of their service year.
“Increase or no increase is still nonsense, it won’t help the youths, ( graduates).
What government that really want to help the youths should do is not to pay any NYSC member anything while serving, but to pay them off at the end of service with at least 1M, with that many youths will have start up fund. Since our government is not interested in building factories that can employ mass number of graduates.
After paying 30k for them to post you to Lagos or Abuja for NYSC, but they post you to Chibok. pic.twitter.com/wuCRY2XGtx
— Umeh and 99 others (@UMEHoma) May 18, 2017
“NYSC will just be like extra one year in the institution, but you get at least 1M at the end of the service year.
”Many entrepreneurs need just like 1 or 2 M as start up, and with hard work and dedication they will thrive,” he said.
If FG will be increasing the NYSC allowance to 30k as being reported, I think only 15k should be paid to the Corp Members monthly. The remaining money roughly 200k should be released after the service.
This will go a long way to set the dudes up for the future or (1)
— fadahunsi olatosimi (@Holeap4) May 17, 2019
Another user James Ekwerike who is probably one of the beneficiaries of 2016 batch of the N-Power programme said they’ve been neglected regarding getting a permanent job with either the state or federal government.
“NYSC is of no need the government has failed it citizen….. So let them scrap it totally so that after graduation you can look for something better to do with your live…” says Victor Iroanya.
While Iroanya is advocating for the scrap of NYSC, Felix Tewogbade Adedeji believes otherwise. According to him, the government of President Buhari should extend it to two-year “for corpers to save some money?”
— Babalola nurudeen (@habbeydeen) February 16, 2019
Another user Odumodu Gbulagu said, “Let the Federal government calculate all the alawee and give it once to any graduate. They should scrap NYSC because it has outlived its usefulness.”
NYSC allowee now 30k.
Dear NYSC DG, you know that am honest person, i didn't do nysc for about 8 months.
I so wish to go back and complete it, you can add me 6 months no problem.
More so, i forgot to sign book of life, i want to use 3months to look for the book and sign.
— McAshivor Gyet_Talk 🇳🇬 (@Terjampinnacle) May 17, 2019
“Minimum wage for graduate? Not at all encouraging. They should be paid minimum of level seven not level one,” Ayeebameru Omowaiye.
Since we can’t have the same view on the same issue, Solomon Owolabi urged the federal government “to allow a corp member to continue to serve for whatever years pending when they secure a job”
The latest announcement by the Buhari-led government came a year after the government announced the increment in the transport allowance for corps members across the country.
NYSC allowance increased to 30k!!
That’s More Balling for Ballers ⛹️♀️
More Savings for aspiring Entrepreneurs.
— SIXTEENURBAN (@sixteenurban) May 17, 2019
Recalled that the transport allowance for each Corps Member was increased from N1,500:00 to N1,800:00 while the local allowance moved to N1,400:00 against the earlier N1,000 in 2018.
What’s your take?