Report reaching us has it that about 70 percent batch ‘B’ Corps members of 2014/2015 who were re-deployed to Niger State at the weekend, protested in Minna, the state capital, over alleged refusal of the state government to pay them their one- month allowances.
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine learnt that some members who had just finished their service year at the weekend, took to the street to protest over non-payment of their August allowances due to them, alleging foul play by the officials of the board. They claimed that they were being owed N19,800 each, adding that only about 700 of them were paid.
Responding to Allegations, The Niger State Directorate of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Stephen Yusuf Ahoda stated that it could not pay about 70 per cent Batch B corps members of 2014\15, re-deployed to the state, their August allowances, due to activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North eastern states.
Ahoda assured the aggrieved corps members that they would be paid soon, explaining that the non-payment was not deliberate.
Ahoda added that “nobody can take away corpers money and go free, the mistake was from their side because 800 of them were re-deployed to Niger State but 700 registered their names, and the payment from the headquarters considered that list for their payment.”
He urged them to wait in order to write there name in their handwriting while two of their representative would take the list to Abuja for their payment.
It will be recalled that in the last two years, corps members deployed to various states bedeviled by the activities of insurgents, were redeployed to other states of the federation, for their safety.
According to one of the protesting corps members, “They continued to give us assurance and hope that they will pay us. Today, after giving us our certificates, we were told that we did not come to the camp and the reason they refused to pay us.
“We will use even our last payment to get to the root of the matter because it is our legitimate right. Because they claimed that those who were not paid did not participate in the camp activities, though they asked us to write our names for payment. Few were paid leaving out others, and that is injustice because we were at the camp till the end.”
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