Oyo State To Increase Corps Members Allowance From N5,000 To N15,000

The Oyo State Government has  said it will increase the monthly allowance of youth corps members in the state from N5,000 to N25,000.

The state Governor, Seyi Makinde made the promise when he visited the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Permanent Orientation Camp at Iseyin.
He spoke against the backdrop of moves by some legislators to scrap the scheme established by former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon to foster unity, peace and understanding shortly after the civil war which lasted from 1967 - 1970. 
“We visited the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Iseyin this evening. I assured the youth corps members that we would address the issues raised by the Commandant about the state of the camp,” the governor tweeted on his official handle. “I also told them we would increase their allowance from N5,000 to N15,000.”

Calls for the scrapping of the NYSC scheme have recently made front pages following a move by a ,member of the House of Representatives, Awaji-Inombek Abiante to sponsor a bill to repeal the National Youth Service Corps Act.
“Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps Management now give considerations to posting corps members to their geo-political zone, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps i.e. developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration,” Abiante said. 
But while recalling his experiences during the one-year mandatory programme, the Makinde lauded the NYSC for building bridges of unity in the country. 
He said, “I also shared with them how it was during my national youth service in Port-Harcourt that I got a job and met and married my lovely wife, Ominini Makinde,” he explained. “So, I am an example of how the national youth service could foster national integration. I wished them the best for the future.”
Makinde spoke in the same vein with the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim who had, earlier on Wednesday urged Nigerians to shun division and embrace unity by letting the spirit of the scheme live in them.
Amid heightened secessionist agitations in the country, Brigadier General Ibrahim told Nigerians to dwell on their experience in NYSC orientation camps where they lived together in unity with fellow corps from various tribes.
“Cast your mind back to that scenario and lets live together. We have no other country except Nigeria,”  Ibrahim said, when he featured on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily. 
“We must be patriotic, put our hands together and see how we can move the country forward. Let the spirit of NYSC live in us. If there’s no NYSC what would have happened to our country? There’s no country without its challenges.”