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House of Reps Seek Increment in NYSC Allowances

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The House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja passed for second reading a bill seeking an improved welfare package for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The bill seeks to amend the NYSC Act No 51 of 1993 by making provisions to enhance the welfare of corps members, encourage acquisition of special businesses and commercial skills at the end of the annual service year.

Moshood Mustapha (APC- Kwara), who sponsored the bill, expressed regrets over unemployment and poverty rate bedeviling the country.

He said that the proposed amendment would encourage self-employment.

Section 7(3) of the proposed amendment seeks to increase state governments annual subvention from N500,000 to N50 million, to enable NYSC to cater adequately for the welfare and skill acquisition needs of corp members.

It said that such minimum subvention shall be provided before the commencement of the service year for which it was intended.

Section 18 (2) also seeks to increase minimum accommodation allowance from N250 per month to N5,000 while transport allowance might be increased from N150 per month to N5,000.

The sponsor added that “the bill seeks to amend the NYSC Decree 51 of 1993 to provide for the training of corps members to acquire skills and business.

 “It would enable them to seek other means of sustainable livelihood and fend for themselves other than the white collar jobs that are in acute shortage.”

The essence of the bill is to empower Nigerian graduates to be self-reliant through skill acquisition during the one year mandatory service after graduation from various tertiary institutions.

After the debate on the bill, the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, referred the bill to the Ad hoc Committee on the 1999 Constitution and House Committee on Youth Development for further legislative action.

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12 Comments

  1. kingosas

    October 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Government nid to do dis faster cos d 19800 is notin to write abt,bank self m deducted 3300 so hw much left

  2. tunmi

    October 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This has been a longtime coming. Just have NYSC reflect current prices adjusted for inflation.

  3. Onyeka Cajethan

    October 26, 2014 at 6:21 am

    If d bill will be fasting, not to use political terms to delay it, just like one of local government amendment bill, it will be a welcome development. Atleast at d end of NYSC program, each corp member will be giving reasonable money to start something in life.

  4. Nwokah, Lawson Kemkamma

    October 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I support the bill. Let corps members be empowered to face life after the service year. This is a good step in the right direction. Thumbs up to the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  5. Adams Ochas

    October 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    this will give young graduates the ability to face life and bcome great as fast as possible

  6. smart Richard

    October 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Its a welcome development. Am so very happy about it!! God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  7. sandra

    November 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Pls d increment shuld b done fast

  8. chiefodu33

    November 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    It is a welcome development. I pray something worth doing will be done as soon as possible. Kudos to Hon. Mustapha for that wonderful bill. God bless Nigeria.

  9. Enubianozor monay .c.

    November 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Is a nice decision and wise step FG is taking . Plz they shuold increase and start payment atleast before Jan.2015

  10. bobby

    January 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I thank God for using you sir to suggest such an incredible idea. not all graduates wants a white collar jobs, some of us were born to be an entrepreneur so we need such finance to assist our aspirations.it will be a welcome development.God bless national house of assembly, God bless federal republic of Nigeria.

  11. Dodeye

    January 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    wowwww indeed something good can come out of Our country Amen to dat o

  12. Legend

    August 27, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Plz let dis b done from batch b 2015 as God will bless all the Nigerian leaders…

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