According to information gathered on Tuesday, the House of Representatives has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to suspend forthwith its policy requiring prospective corps members to pay N4,000 as registration fee before accessing their call-up letters.
Hon. Hassan Saleh (PDP, Benue) prompted the motion and also instituted for a probe in the alleged fee. This is as the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Centre (NFIC) bill passed third reading on the floor of the House.
According to Saleh (PDP, Benue), the “recent advertorials in some national newspapers 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.”
Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, upon a petition by Hon. Uzo Azubuike (PDP, Abia) that the public petitions’ committee he chairs was already working on the matter, 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.