By Amos ogunrinde
The Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Ayodele Adeyanju wants the management of NYSC to consider an upward review of the monthly allowance of corps members in the country.
Mr Adeyanju who made the call in Ado Ekiti while delivering a lecture as part of the activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of NYSC noted that the current allowance could no longer cater for the needs of corps members due to the economic situation in Nigeria.
He explained that all sectors of the nation’s economy had felt the impact of corps members since the establishment of the scheme on the 22nd of May 1973 by the then military Head of State, Retired General Yakubu Gowon, and the youth should not be allowed to suffer.
Mr Adeyanju said corps members had also been playing an active role in the nation’s electoral process through the memorandum of understanding between the NationaI Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and the independent NationaI Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Permanent Secretary however appealed to corps members to continue to Foster NationaI Unity and development which were parts of the reasons for the establishment of the scheme.
Earlier, the NYSC state coordinator, Mrs Mary Chikezie described the scheme as an instrument for NationaI Development, peaceful coexistence, inter-ethnic marriages, and job creation through skills acquisition.
High points of the event was the award given to outstanding personalities for supporting NYSC and display of good produced by the corps members through Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED.