NYSC Coordinator calls for increment in monthly allowance

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Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Sokoto State, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, has advocated the increment of the monthly allowances to corps members in the country.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar spoke in Sokoto on Friday shortly after paying a courtesy call with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

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NAN, however, reports that the coordinator and his management team met the sultan behind closed door, alongside other senior councilors.

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”The present allowance of N 19,800 to each corps member per month is no longer enough considering the prevailing economic situation in the country.

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”I will not make any specific suggestions in this direction, but I strongly support increasing it immediately,” Abubakar said.

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The coordinator further suggested the review of the monthly allowances paid to the corps members anytime the national minimum wage is reviewed in the country.

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He also kicked against calls for the scrapping of the scheme, saying that it bolsters national unity, curb poverty and youth restiveness.

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Abubakar said that he was at the palace of the sultan to pay homage and seek his royal blessings.

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”The sultan is a national Father and he is a symbol of national unity.

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”He has also assured us of his sustained support to ensure the success of the scheme,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Abdulkadir has assured the NYSC officials of sustained support and adequate security.

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Speaking while receiving the NYSC coordinator at the Police Headquarters, on Friday, Abdulkadir averred: ”The command owes it a duty to ensure that the scheme succeeds.

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”We will continue to accord priority to the security of corps members across the state,” he added.

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Earlier, the coordinator had assured that the scheme would do everything humanly possible to sustain cordial relationship between it and the command.

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According to him, the police is a critical stakeholder in the NYSC scheme and this relationship will be further galvanized. (NAN)

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