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N38,900 Monthly Allowance for Youth Corps Members is “Nothing but Rumours” – NYSC Director General



In the past few days, a rumour has been trending on social media among prospective and current Youth Corps members over the increment of their monthly allowance.

The rumour was that the monthly allowance from the Federal Government was going to be increased from N19,800 to N38,900 and that some corps members in Nasarawa and Abuja camps had already began collecting the increased allowance.

However, refuting this rumour yesterday, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore Affia said there is no plan by the federal government to increase corps members’ monthly allowance.

Daily Trust reports that while addressing the 2013 Batch A corps members deployed to Katsina State, General Affia cleared the air on the rumour.

“To be honest with you there is no plan to increase your monthly allowance; all you have heard is nothing but rumours. If there is such plan I must be the first person to know but as far as I am concerned there is no official plan to increase your allowance; even if the plan is on the pipeline, it has not reach my level. Your monthly allowance is still N19, 800.”

While this rumour was trending, there was a debate over whether the Youth Corps members actually deserved to have an increase in their monthly allowances or not. Some argued that they did, while others said N38,900 was too much and was an allowance some people who had even completed their service year didn’t have the luxury of.

What are your thoughts? Should there be an increase in the Youth Corps members monthly allowance or not?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. xoxo

    March 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

    mtcheeew, 38900 is too much? I laugh in Latin

  2. Mayowa Agbeniyi

    March 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Yes there should be cos the previous been paid money is just too small to sustain with in an environment where one has nobody.

  3. emma

    March 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    It’s not possible to have an increment of 100 % in just 2 years or thereabout. By the way, is minimum wage not N18,000? why would they pay corpers N38,900 when the minimum wage is N18,000?


      March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Why shouldn’t they pay corpers N 38 or even N100,000? Corpers are serving their country…see how other countries treat their ‘corpers’. With all the stress that corpers still go through, what is N19,800? Transportation or feeding money? Sigh!

      This whole NYSC thing needs to be structured better!

    • Autoprincess

      March 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      There are corpers in other countries??

    • ME

      March 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Like you said they are serving their nation! Gettin N38,000 is no more service to nation but a well paid job in Nigeria. If they are paid that much, people would do anytin to remain corpers for the rest of their lives.

    • Charles

      October 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      federal Govt. should pay us oh……. most of us are not depending on anybody to cater for us.

    • Dee

      November 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Corpers are graduates. Minimum wage is for people with no degree or certificate. It is the lowest money you can pay for services rendered especially in the civil service. Graduates deserve more. They should be motivated to move the economy with their fresh thinking and approach to key aspect of development and nation building. What they are being paid presently is not motivating. Instead, they will thinking about where their next meal would be coming from.

    • Ekeocha James

      October 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Ekeocha James N. The problem most of we graduates are facing today about perpetual unemployment problem lies in the hands of our so called leaders who actually know the steps to mitigate this ridicule unemployment. I contributed on the radio media some time ago that for Federal Government to mitigate up to 70% unemployment amongst our graduates is not even by increasing NYSC allowances, rather by paying each passing out NYSC member a reasonable amount of money that might at least be sufficient for him or her to exercise entrepreneurship after one year of service. This will go a long way to creat employment, reduce so called robbery, kidnapping, and what have u. How Nigerian NYSC member will be paying N19,800 which include his feeding, clothing, house rent, etc, and after one year, u left with nothing and start carrying CV around. Government should pls address this issue favourably. Thanks…

  4. anyanwu Amarachi

    March 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

    The increment worth the unemployment rates in the lives of Nigerian youths. The money wil serve as a take off grant to independent corpers who wants to set up small scale business for themselves.

  5. Anon

    March 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Please those who study abroad should earn more. Ain’t moving back for no struggle life.

    • ij

      March 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

      you are so on a long thing

    • Iris

      March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      You’re funny. I didn’t go to school in Nigeria and that is (putting it mildly and trying my utmost to put it politely) quite a ridiculous comment. You may as well remain where you are. In other news, see the way the man has disregarded the rumour like 38k is not reasonable. After not providing housing or transport for corpers to survive. I don’t blame him. Issorai

    • Partyrider

      March 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Because those that school abroad are special abi? Kmt
      I school abroad but your comment makes no sense.

    • Bola

      March 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      What a dumb statement. Those that schooled abroad should stay there na.Are they being forced to come back..

  6. molly

    March 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Lol i studied in uk and im currently serving in rivers state. camp is horrible. corpers go through a lot. We deserve 38,500

    • shaibu binainu

      September 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      How can serve n river, if have the link let me know

  7. Floxy

    March 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Do we know how many billions certain individuals gained per a service year right from camp.. Talkless of the unnecessary death of corpers while on national assignment.. Abeg abeg abeg.. If I have my way, NYSC will be scraped and d money calculated and given as a lumpsum to graduates upon presentation of their verified certificates..

  8. Patience

    March 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Is not too much oooooo

  9. etin

    March 22, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Its too bad for nigeria and. NYSC .what is 38K

  10. Hyperson

    March 22, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Wao!DJ tank u for d clarification.But let me ask, why is federal govt stil focus and encouraging self employment as a way to cusion d efects of unemployment rate in Nigeria? Iam a young enterpreneur,how would 19800 sustain even a corper except on 0-1-0 feeding patern let alone saving frm d same mony to start busines?let me ask again!why the compulsory skil acquisition on camp when no plan to finance them? 38, 900 is nt big bt a gud way of encouragn self employment,let them pay it Nig has the mony.the isue here is let d rich get richer nd d poor gets porer,if govt wants youth to be self gainful employd,they shuld increase their alowance.smbody shuld nt ask why is bank there! It is very hard for bank to loan u mony wen ur biz has nt bein establishd,except microfinance dat can even loan on trust wt a guarantor nd smal interest.Govt shuld stp bein deceitful, as they empower the kopa skilfuly, they shuld also empower them financialy!tnx

  11. elizabeth

    March 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

    well,if corpers should be given 38000,as allowance for serving their nation,thereby risking their lives for the nation i think its even too small,can dat amount bring back dos dat died in the northern nigeria in the course of serving their nation,come off it ppl,its not even enough,after spending huge money in skul,u will now should i say leave a year suffering in the bush at the end of nowhere,i think dat cash is not even enough.

  12. abiodun

    March 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    If truely we want to erradicate poverty in nigeria and at the same time empower the youth of our nation, i believe this is the one of the best way to do it. am a graduate hoping to serve in the next few months 38k is not too much if really we love our country. see how they are embezzle our money everyday while rich ppl are getting richer and poor people are geeting poorer naija ppl let wake up and take this country to a better stage. naija is a country where people dat are suffering are far greater than people that are enjoying and we have all the resource intact to make us live above hardship, poverty & lackness. think of it naija youths and govt parastatal. AND IF THERE IS OTHER WAY to empower youth let do it, not the one you will be hearing from radio that when you get there they will chase you away or tell you there is nothing like that. God bless nigeria.

  13. Kegy

    April 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    When dey know dat they are not payin 38k, while did dey ave to announce it on d network news. Nigeria is really on the dark stage. Darkness has overcome our leaders.

  14. Kegy

    April 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    When dey know dat they are not payin 38k, while did dey ave to announce it on d network news. Nigeria is really on the dark stage. Darkness has overcome our a foreign state wher no father no mother and no friend. There is no accommodation, no transport allowance yet 19800 is look upon like 19m, which is not upto 1 tent of d money embezle by our so called leaders.

  15. Prince Akpaudo

    April 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Wat’s 38k 4 corpers, wen politician with only JSS 3 certificate are earnin a huge amount of money. Do u tink bin in skul for 5 or 4years is a smal ting. We deserve more than 38k please.

  16. Anyebe jimoche

    April 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    The whole noise abt nysc is not worth it. Nysc shld be scraped and a good some of money be given to graduate upon verification of cert.this wld go along way in assisting d young graduates to start up some thin.

  17. Raymond Iyke

    April 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Even if FG decides to pay youth corpers N50,000, it is Stil not enuf, lets be realistic & the same time time logical. For the PURPOSE of to avoid destructions, FG granted amnesty to MEND paying each N75,000K or there about. Now BOKO haram started there’s & now resorted for amnesty too. Now a new bill ve been pass by FG to start paying HARAM N150,000K, is this not foolishness? What good ve this groups brought to the country? Is it not better for the FG to pay corpers such amount of money so to avoid the issue of nonemployments in the country? At least more than half of the corpers who ve completed their Assigmt can easily start something lucrative with their monthly allowi. This country is leading us to nowhere, let the leathers keep deceiving them self,.

  18. Onos fredrick okoruwa

    April 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    the federal government of nigeria should try and provide good jobs to enable the reduction of crime rate.. Its too bad for this country nigeria to be known as one of the most corrupted country in d world.. the corpers salary should be increased to 50,000.. It will encourage parents to train their children the more…

  19. Shehu

    May 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh brothers and Sisters, why such argument? Just bcose of 38k? If its true that Federal Government want to eradicate prverty in Nigeria, why is that the federal Government did not provide a job vacancy to each corper base on his field so that the moment his finished his service then be appointed with the Job.

  20. Danor matthew

    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I agree that corper that corpers should be paid 38,900 as their allowance, schools dis is survival of the fittest. And a service that many are call, but few are chosen. What is even 50.000 to a person dat after all d stress in skul, posted to service his country,and during service time, he is kill. The luckies 1 should be paid

  21. Alao

    August 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

    It was so sad that for all these strugle still nigeria corper allawee ar steel remain 19800,and there is no hope that when ur finished u will be employ.and u said rubbery is us good alawee like 150,000 and see the talent of the youth corper after the service.

  22. Olotu Johnson

    September 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    It is a pity dat some of us dont understand d meaning of minimum wage! Is for the lowest rank salaries for people working in Federal,state or local work, is 18,000 that is for lower grade, can u tell me that begin an HND or gradute is nt worth the Level 7 or 8 in this Country? Am serving my father’s land, right, am i nt entitle to be giving a Job and others Enrichment in life? We are posted to different ethics and strange Lands, giving u just 19,800? Even if the federal Govt. Is paying us 50,000 as allowance, we worth it, all nigeria youth dont depend on govt, again, we want to engage ourself in entreprenursh stuff, are we going to do dat with this unsufficent amount of 19k? Pls our leaders, take a little view on this matter? This is time we need you most. Thanks. Johnson from Ekiti

  23. Okpala ujunwa

    November 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    No need of arguement.if FG can increase d allawee to 38k,its more better for corpers and parents even government.That will help to reduce the unemployment in our country

  24. Ajibade Rasheed Femi

    January 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    If truly Nigeria leaders are good leaders and they wants to reduce rate of poverty,38900 is not too much for corpers serving in the area where they are not used to, no parent,nobody to assist. In fact our leaders not humanbeing they are very greedy.

  25. Ganiu oluwaseun

    July 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    The federal government need to do something about d allowance,because d money is too small for d corp member to mentain themselves

  26. Frank

    August 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    There is no need for these aguements because it is obvious that our leaders are not kids. All these things we are saying, they know it better than us but they have been reluctant about increasing corpers allowance all these while as if they dont know the implication of that. I want to personally advise the youths to just lean on God for survival because it is clear and understandable that our leaders do not want to help Nigerian youths and they drive joy in our suffering but they claim to be the best leaders in the world. If not, since job is no go area in Nigeria why not consider this issue for once and see what will come out of it. What is 38k? At least, use it as a means of supporting youths’ enterpreneural ambition. I am not bordered because everybody is going to give an account of what he or she did one day. May God help us.

  27. Prince Chigozie

    August 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

    FG should increase corpers salary. If the minimum wage is #18,000 is it til infinity? Atleast from 1973, 1980, 1987, 1999 til 2007/2009 there have been an increment so far. Pls i beg u in the name of God, their is no gain d poor get poorer while d rich get richer. Consider this and Act on it. Remenber #38,800 wouldn’t pull down the Nigeria Economy. God Bless Nigeria

  28. Charity azeta

    August 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Our currency is devaluating every day and the cost of living in Nigeria is also increasing. The quantity and quality of goods 19,800 naira could buy in 2012 isn’t the same quantity and quality of goods it can’t afford now(2014) so there is serious need for an increase in FG amount as Corp members’ allowance.

  29. Charles

    October 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    federal government should pay us our allowance. what did they expect us to do after mandate it as a rule? most of us are independent……….

  30. Jizzy

    October 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

    What is 38k. The cost of living is high. You transport, feed, clothes, toiletries, house rent and so many others. Corpers worth more than this. It is not easy to be in school for 4 to 6 years. All graduate should sit down and caculate all their expenses for 4 to 6 years you will see what it takes. If corpers how well paid atleast that will encourage them. Politicians with no education earn millons of naira monthly excluding the ones they stole from this country. The problem start from the governmnet. They are bunch of theives and liers.

  31. laide

    December 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Father in heaven!!!!!! I dint evn knw dt ws supposed to be a question. 38 thousand nine hundred naira. How much is that? I am a prospective corper nd alrdy am tinkn abt accomodation after camp, feeding, and transportation. Dnt forget sumtins dt u wl need to buy so dt d house at least luks lik its bn lived in by a human being. My uncle stl hd to get sum poclet money at home. Evry month evn during service, until he finished nd got a job. If corpers shld be paid dt much shldnt be a question. D question shld be if dey shld be paid more.

  32. komo

    August 18, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    what kind of rumour is this when corps member are rejoice with the current allowance .

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