Question Raised: Can Corps Members’ Survive On FG’s N19,800 Stipend This Recession

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The Joy 2017 National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Batch A, Stream one corps members knew no bound as they commence the one year mandatory service of their fathers’ land.

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To many of them, the thoughts of survival on the N19,800 Federal Government’s allowance seem unrealistic in the face of the present economic recession. This is as some ex-corps members lamented their ordeals in eking a living during their service year.

While some engaged in vocational skills with little or no sponsorship for survival, many turned to social vices to maintain body and soul.
Vanguard findings revealed that aside the merits of NYSC that was introduced in 1973 by the then military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, to foster unity, social and economic integration of the different ethnic groups and revamp the country after the wreckage of a three year civil war, many stakeholders, especially corps members are of the opinion that the scheme may not survive long if adequate funding that will replicate the present realities is not put in place.
Statistics has it that there has been decline in the budgetary allocation for NYSC in the past three years.
While N74.5bn and N68bn were earmarked for 2014 and 2015 for the scheme respectively, nothing was budgeted for NYSC in 2016 as a result of a shortfall of N13bn in the nation’s budget.
This made the leadership of the NYSC, in May 2016 to announce the postponement for Batch ‘A’ stream two via their website and text messages. Reacting to the postponement, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Suleman Kazaure, who had earlier informed the Senate Committee on Sports and Youth that lack of funds might stall the mobilization of 2016 Batch A Stream two prospective corps members for orientation, told the

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