The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has not paid the statutory monthly stipend for the month of June to corps members serving across the country.
According to corps members who spoke to FIJ, the management of the NYSC has also not communicated the reason for the delay.
A corps member, who identified himself as Mide, currently serving in Ogun State, told FIJ on Saturday that he, as well as his friends, had not received his June allowance.
“We have entered a new month and my stipend for the previous month has not been paid. I can also confirm that my friends have also not received any pay,” Mide told FIJ.
“Usually, my monthly stipend comes in around 27 or 28 every month. But that has changed recently, and there has not been an official correspondence explaining why the delay is happening. We have a WhatsApp group where NYSC-related important information is circulated from time to time and everyone is complaining bitterly.”
Another corps member posted to Abuja confirmed the development to FIJ. He explained that the NYSC authorities had been irregular with their monthly allowances for some months.
“That is true. We have not been paid. Let me even tell you more. May stipends were not paid timely. It was on June 1 that everyone started receiving credit messages from their banks,” a corps member who identified by his first name, Dennis, explained to FIJ.
“Personally, I have zeroed my mind on anything called monthly allowance from NYSC. I am fine with whatever time they feel is okay to pay us. However, it is inconsiderate to be owing us that little amount of money that has been already weakened by hydra-headed inflation.
“Given the fact that the federal government declared a two-day public holiday to mark the Islamic festival, one would have thought that the NYSC leadership would pay our allowances before going on break to enable everyone have some cash to hold on to. Unfortunately, they did not.”
FIJ called a number copied from the NYSC website but got no response. A message was also sent to the same number on WhatsApp, but no response at press time.
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