The Seyi Makinde-led Oyo State Government has increased the monthly allowance of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members serving in the state from the sum of four thousand to fifteen thousand Naira, added as their accommodation allowance.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede, during an induction programme organized for the 2021 BATCH ” B” STREAMS Corps members posted to the state civil service, which was held at the House of Chiefs, Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan.
While delivering his welcome address, the Commissioner assured Corps members that Oyo state is a peaceful and harmonious region, stressing that all Corps members will be given equal opportunity to strive and triumph irrespective of their social, tribal or religious affiliations.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said that corps members are part of the national defense policy of Nigeria and can be mobilized for war if need be.
Ibrahim said this while reacting to moves to scrap the NYSC scheme in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, June 3.
According to him, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.
So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”
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