The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied reducing the monthly allowance of corp members.
According to the scheme, the information circulating on the social media to the effect that corps members’ allowance has been slashed by 25% is mischievous.
In a statement released on its Facebook page on Monday, the NYSC noted that the monthly allowances of corps members remains N19,800 and not N14,800 as is being erroneously circulated.
The statement read:
“The Management of the NYSC hereby refutes the content of a mischievous information circulating in the social media to the effect that corps members’ allowance has been slashed by 25%.
“In the first instance, the document quoted a “Brigadier General Bamidele Oluwami” the purported NYSC Director General as the source of its information.
“The scheme vehemently dissociates itself from this wicked falsehood meant to create confusion in the polity. The Director-General of the NYSC is Brigadier General SZ Kazaure and he never made any comment as claimed by the brains behind the damaging publication.
“Management hereby categorically state that corps members allowance remains N19,800 and not reduced to N14,800 as wickedly portrayed by the social media release.
“For the avoidance of doubts, we unequivocally restate our unalloyed commitment to the welfare of all corps members at all times.
“Corps members and the public should, therefore, ignore this misleading information and go about their duties lawfully without fear.”
Meanwhile, an excerpts of a leaked internal memo indicate that the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, has asked universities to slash the number of prospective corps members for the next phase of mobilization.
The internal memo dated 4th October, 2016, which have been sent to all heads of departments of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka suggests that the NYSC is beginning to feel the brunt of the present economic travails in the nation
The memo signed by one Mrs. Ifeoma Egboka, office of the Dean of Students Affairs, said NYSC explained that the slash was as a result of “tight budgetary allocation of the scheme”.