The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier Olawumi has announced that the federal government has approved N500 daily as feeding allowance for each corps member.

Olawumi stated this before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition at the investigative public hearing on the compulsory N4,000 fee imposed on prospective corps members noting that a total of N800 million is required for the installation and deployment of hardware and network infrastructure to the NYSC headquarters, 36 states of the federation and the FCT, as well as 774 local government areas.

While stating that the N4,000 for online registration is voluntary, he disclosed that out of 124,931 corps members who registered online, 23,211 (representing 20 percent) of the mobilised corps members agreed to pay the fee.

He, however, pointed that rather than requesting for money to install the infrastructure, he would prefer to canvass for the increment of the current N19,800 allowance paid to serving corps member.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Petition, Uzor Azubike (PDP Abia), condemned the poor welfare and conditions in which Nigerian graduates are subjected to at various orientation camps across the federation.

Azubike, who presided over the session, noted that their concern was in response to the public outcry, hence the need for the intervention of the House.

In his presentation, Ezenwa Nwagwu of ‘Say No Campaign’ who expressed dismay over the unilateral decision of NYSC to impose the fee on Nigerian graduates, called for the “reversal of the proposed N4,000 fee and where payment has been made, a refund should be made to the prospective corps member.”

Nwagwu, who lamented that the imposition of the fee for the printing of call-up letters online was for service and infrastructure to be deployed by a collaborating firm, also stressed the need to “re-examine the laws establishing the NYSC that seems to have made the director general of the scheme an exclusive preserve of serving military officers.”