National Youth Service Corps members serving in Oyo State have appealed to the Oyo State government to pay the nine months of allowances owed them. The Corps members made the plea on Tuesday in Ibadan. The government had promised to pay the sum of N4, 000 monthly to corps members serving in the state. A 2015/16 Batch B Corps Member, Miss Miracle Onyekponwanne, however, said that she had not received any payment since the inception of her service in October 2015.
She said, “People like us teaching in schools do not even have accommodation. That is supposed to be the responsibility of the school and government. So, we have to pay for accommodation ourselves and it has not been easy.
“With the situation of things in the country now, the N19, 800 the Federal Government is giving us is not even enough (to cover our expenses). We have to transport ourselves and to do other things.
“We will pass out (of the NYSC) in October, yet we have not received anything. The government should please pay us everything at once or even twice, before we the service year ends.”
Miss Oyinkansola Omotesho, a 2015 Batch B, corps member said “I have not received anything at all since I started serving’’.
“It is better they tell us that they will not pay the allowance so that we can take our minds off it. We have already planned what to use the money for, but we have been disappointed.
“They should check on the payroll for those who have not been paid, because a few people received for a month. However those of us who have been posted to teach in my school have not received anything at all since 2015.”
Another Batch B member, Mr Meshach Omaji, said he has only received two months allowance since October 2015, and that other batches have not received any payments at all.
“Since I started serving in November 2015, I have only received my allowance for only two months The first one was for December, 2015 but the second one was not stated, so I assumed it was for January 2016.
“I have not being paid since then. I am sure I received the ones I have been paid because I serve in the state NYSC editorial department.
“Most of my colleagues have not received any(of their allowances since 2015.”
Another Corps member in a secondary school in Saki, who preferred to be anonymous said that the state government has only paid the December and January allowances.
Omaji, pleaded with the government to pay the remaining allowances.
“The money should have been used towards our accommodation but when we did not receive it, we had to source for money to pay for our accommodation from parents and relations.
“These are people we should be giving money to; no matter how little, rather than them giving to us,’’ he said.
Efforts made to reach the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Olayinka, for his comments on the issue did not yield any positive result.