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Wednesday, 30 October 2019


The National Youth Service Corps has  said corps members will enjoy the N30,000 new minimum wage once the Federal Government commences  payment.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this in Abuja during an interview with reporters on Tuesday after a meeting  between the body  and  the representatives of state governments.

 The  Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, and the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Fatimah Bala, attended the meeting.

The DG said, “We are going to commence  payment as directed by the Federal Government. I spoke to corps members when I visited Jigawa State about four days ago. I told them that they had  also benefitted from the minimum wage. They were so excited and were praying for the Federal Government, saying it will engender them to perform more duties for the country.

“Once the government commences with the civil servants, the corps members will enjoy the same. Our minister has directed that the further details will be communicated to us by the minister of finance.”

Daren said some states and local government areas  had over the years failed to discharge their statutory responsibilities to the NYSC, adding that such trend must be reversed.

He said, “For the potential of corps members to be fully harnessed for national development, an atmosphere conducive to working must be created for them. However, there is the inability of critical stakeholders, especially states and local governments to fully discharge their statutory responsibilities to the scheme.”

 governor also bankrolled the medical bills of the children and their teachers aside from providing the ambulance that conveyed the victims to hospital.

He stated, “We appreciate all Nigerians. Several people prayed in churches and mosques. Through their prayers, God brought us help. God used a former governor of Kaduna State to assist us. We are thankful to all Nigerians. We are in celebration mood now.

“We paid ransom before their release, but we don’t want to state the amount. We paid ransom, but all the same, we want to thank the police as well.”

One of the parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity after press briefing, explained that the police only conveyed the victims to the Kaduna tollgate after the kidnappers had set them free.

He stated, “What happened was that when the children and the two teachers were released, they had no shoes. So, out of the ransom paid, the kidnappers gave the victims transport fares to come back to town. One of the teachers crossed over to the other side of the road to buy footwear for the victims from the money. It was at that point that the police arrived and offered to give them a ride.

“Even the first time part of the ransom was paid, the kidnappers gave the ransom bearer transport fare back to town. So, we really appreciate the police for giving our children and the teachers a ride.”

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