- Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may be rejoicing sooner than we expect as their feeding allowance might be experiencing a boost
- An increase in the feeding allowance of the NYSC members is currently being considered by lawmakers of the Nigerian Senate
- The lawmakers said that it is important that corps members are well fed to enable them to operate on an expected level of patriotism
The Nigerian Senate has called for an increase in the feeding allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The call was made by the Senate committee on sports and youth development on Tuesday, November 23, during the panel's report presentation on the 2022 budget.
Making the presentation to the appropriation committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, the chairman of the sports and youth development committee said there is a need to increase the feeding allowance of corps members from N600 to N1,000 per person.
The Punch reports that Ogba said it is unbelievable that the prisoners' feeding ratio is higher than that of NYSC members who are expected to serve the nation.
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“It’s appalling that prisoners who have committed crimes are enjoying more than the youth corps members who are serving the country."
Ogba further appealed to the executive and the legislature to ensure that the daily feeding allowance of corps members is increased.
In the same vein, the lawmaker also called for an improvement in the quality of uniforms provided for the NYSC members.
Advocating for an improved budgetary allocation for the ministry of youths and sports development, Ogba said:
“Something needs to be done because the budget cannot take both the ministry and the youths anywhere."
Also reacting, the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Smart Adeyemi, supported the appeal raised by Senator Ogba.
Adeyemi said increasing the feeding cost of NYSC members has become necessary for them to be patriotic.
“If the corps members are not well fed, it will be difficult for them to be patriotic."
Prisoners feeding better than corps members during their orientation camps
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the director-general of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has decried the challenges faced by corps members during their three weeks orientation in camps.
Ibrahim said that there is no difference between NYSC members who are serving their fatherland and prisoners.
He also said that prisoners in correctional facilities feed better than NYSC members who are undergoing orientation in camps.
NYSC members win big in business plan contest
In other news, some corps members were rewarded with N1.5 million for participating in the AMCON's Business Plan contest
The initiative organised by AMCON was aimed at establishing and empowering corps members to grow their entrepreneurial skills and actualize their dreams.
Winners of the contest were selected from fifteen contestants who participated in the maiden edition of the programme.