Many would attribute the prevalent hardship in Nigeria’s economy to a whole lot of factors but the Batch A serving corp members in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Delta State have ascribed their hard times to the untoward and nonchalant attitude of NYSC Delta State. It is not unusual to hear that some state governments have been defaulting in the payment of state allowance but it is surprising to know that the federal government too could default in paying corp members allowance.
Having obeyed the clarion call, it is expected that these patriotic graduates would receive their remuneration as at when due but instead they are left to wallow in tough times. At the point of writing this ‘save our soul’ article, all 2016 Batch A corp members in all the 36 states except Delta and a few other states received their December 2016 and January 2017 allowance in Dec 2016 and January 2017 respectively. In the case of Delta State, this is not so. Corp members did not receive any allowance in December 2016. However, they received their January allowance on the 30th of January. As we speak, their December allowance is yet to be paid.
Frustration forced the poor corp members to resort to hope alone with dwindling job performances as the consequence. Just like the corp members, one would expect that their December and January allowance to be paid together but this was not so. “Why only Delta and a few other states? I thought CBN is in charge of disbursing funds,” a corp member lamented.
In view of this, one is forced to allege that there seems to be some ‘monkey business’ in the dealings of NYSC Delta State coupled with the fact that NYSC officials in Delta State are silent over the matter. Corp members’ fear peaked as a result of the rumoured press statement from the office of the DG which claims NYSC is not owing any serving corps member. A serving corp member who pleaded anonymity expressed her grievances, “Last month, our Zonal Inspector told us all hands were on deck regarding our unpaid allowance. He even made us realize funds had been released by the federal government but hitherto, we are yet to receive our December allowance.
Many Places of Primary Assignment (PPA) is being affected by the decline in corps members’ job performance. On the other hand, corp members who are now indebted to various market women are saying they cannot continue to incur debts in the name of transporting themselves to their various PPA’s. Recently, a ‘No Allowance No PPA/CDS’ peaceful protest was embarked upon by the disheartened corp members. We are appealing to the federal government to get to the root of this matter and come to our aid soon. The corp members have been lifting their nation high under the sun or in the rain, should non payment of allowance be their recompense?
This write-up does not represent the view of 47vibez.com. It was written by a serving corp member in Delta State.