Reps order NYSC to stop collecting fee for call-up letters

Filed in EDUCATION NEWS by on October 1, 2014 0 Comments

There have been many controversies surrounding the introduction of the online registration fee being collected by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from prospective corps members.

This has prompted the House of representative to wade into the matter to resolve it.

Liveschoolnews gathered that the House urged NYSC to suspend forthwith the policy requiring each prospective corps member to pay N4,000 before accessing their call-up letters.

The lawmakers described as “insensitive and exploitative” any policy that would force fresh graduates to pay any amount before serving their fatherland.

Rep Hassan Saleh (PDP, Benue), who moved a motion that led to the House resolution, expressed concern on recent public announcements “that with effect from 2015, corps members will be required to register online with a fee of N4,000 to be able to access their call-up letters as an alternative to their having to go to their various schools to collect the letters.”

He said “as laudable as the idea of sending call-up letters though the internet may be, the decision requiring fresh graduates to cough out N4,000 to access letters appears insensitive and exploitative.”

He prayed the House to mandate the committees on youth development and justice to investigate the appropriateness or otherwise of this “money-for-call-up letter policy” and report back within one month.

However, just as Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha was about calling for voice vote on the matter, Rep Uzo Azubuike (PDP, Abia) came up with a Point of Order, saying the public petitions’ committee which he chairs was already on the matter.

After this observation, Ihedioha called on the Chairman Rules and Business Committee, Rep Albert Tanimu Sam-Tsokwa to guide the House.

Sam-Tsokwa explained that since the public petitions’ committee had begun investigating the matter, the honourable thing to do was for the motion to be withdrawn.

Ihedioha ruled that committee on Youth Development and the sponsor of the motion be invited to be part of the panel that will conduct a session on the matter.

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