NYSC DG Reveals Difference Between Corps Members, Prisoners

NYSC DG Reveals Difference Between Corps Members, Prisoners

  • During a presentation with the House committee on youth and development, the director-general of the National Youth Service Corps made a revelation
  • Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said that inmates in various correctional facilities were feeding better than members of the NYSC
  • According to Ibrahim, a corps member is fed with N650 daily while an inmate feeding allowance is N1,000 per day

The director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has decried the challenges faced by corps members in camps during the three weeks orientation period.

Punch reports that Ibrahim said inmates across various facilities of the Nigerian Correctional Service feed better than corps members posted to states to serve.

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Inmates in correctional facilities are said to be feeding better than NYSC members. Photo: National Youth Service Corps - NYSC
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Ibrahim while speaking during an appearance before members of the House committee on youth development for the NYSC budget defence said corps members were served meal rated at N217.

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He said the NYSC is expected to feed every corps member per day with N650 while an inmate at the NCS is fed with N1,000 daily.

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Urging the lawmakers to raise the feeding allocation of the NYSC members, Ibrahim said the NYSC budget has remained the same over years.

Ibrahim said:

"The only thing that I will tell you here is that sometimes last year, I promised the committee at the NYSC, we are putting on our thinking cap, that I don’t want us to always go cap in hand begging for funds so that, at least, we should do something to bring revenue to the table."

The DG said he with this approach, the NYSC generated over N280 million which was paid into the federation account.

He added:

“Our challenge is in the area of feeding. The budgetary approval for feeding per corps member is N650, which is grossly inadequate. By the time you divide it by three meals (per day), that is N216 per meal. So, we are appealing to this committee to please help us out."

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"Even recently, at the ministry of interior, the feeding of prisoners was increased to N1,000. So, if we can feed criminals with N1,000, our graduates are putting their lives in the service of our country…I pray that this committee should please do something about it.”

In his address, the House committee chairman, Yemi Adaramodu, said that the NYSC had overhead costs as it was not a revenue-generating agency.

Adaramodu described the corps as one that manages people, especially young Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that to ensure prospective corps members who are pregnant do not undergo undue stress, the NYSC had introduced a new policy.

The policy which covers both pregnant and nursing mothers would ensure that they are not deployed to states outside where their husbands are domiciled.

Ibrahim however listed some prerequisites that must be provided for the NYSC to adhere to the new policy.

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In other news, some corps members were reportedly abducted by some gunmen in Zamfara state on Friday, October 22.

The corps members, the police said were forcefully whisked away setting their other colleagues into fear.

Source: Legit.ng

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