Corps members protest in Kano over allowance

•Niger increases allowance by N2,000    •Ajimobi, Amosun task corps members on service

CORPS members of the Batch ‘’A’’ stream 2 of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kano State, on Wednesday staged a protest over non-payment of their allowances, disrupting the passing out parade attended by the representative of the acting governor, Professor Hafix Abubakar.

Commissioner for Information, Comrade Moh’d Garba, who represented the acting governor, commended the corps members for organising the protest in a peaceful manner.

The state coordinator of NYSC, Malam Abdullahi Yusuf Baba, said they received first alert on payment of the corps members’ allowance 4:00p.m. yesterday and paid some while the second alert came in the morning.

Comrade Garba was prevented from inspecting parade mounted for him and all attempts made to calm the aggrieved corps members by the security operatives fell on deaf ears.

The situation lasted for over three hours before they eventually brought the money meant for the corps members’ allowance from the bank and immediately they sighted the NYSC car with the money, the tension subsided

Meanwhile, the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has approved the upward review of allowances of corps members posted to the state from N3,000 he inherited to N5,000 with effect from July, 2016.

He gave the approval on Wednesday during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Batch A (Stream 2) orientation course at the NYSC orientation camp at Paiko.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, thanked the governor for the government support and cordial relationship between the scheme and the state government.

In a related development, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has charged corps members deployed to the state to make honour, credibility and integrity their watchwords.

Senator Ajimobi gave the charge, on Wednesday, while speaking at the closing ceremony for 2016 Batch “B” Stream 2 corps members in the state at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp, Gbakuta, Iseyin.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo, equally called on the corps members to play genuine and positive roles in oiling the current administration’s development agenda in their host communities.

Earlier in her address, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs O. A. Akin-Moses, admonished the corps members to leave indelible marks and legacies in their host communities.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State also urged corps members not to forget the ideals for which the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was established.

Amosun gave the charge on Wednesday at the close of the orientation programme for the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream 2 corps members held at the NYSC Permanent Camp at Sagamu.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, also urged corps members to be worthy ambassadors and to positively project the country’s image.