With barely a week after the commencement of the successful 2015 Nigeria’s general election, some serving Corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme have basked in the ambiance of resentment, demanding the payment of the remaining 50% of their allowances for the roles they played during the polls.
Majority of the Corps member who conducted the elections in Benue State have yet to be paid 50% of their allowance.
It would be recalled; the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier Gen. Olawumi Johnson expressed concerns on the delay of payment of Corps members’ INEC elections duty allowance.
He further requested through the scheme’s official twitter account, @NYSC_NG, that all corps members who participated in the elections should exercise patience, as everyone will be paid.
A breakdown of the approved allowance for corps members participating in each of the elections:
1. Honorarium – ₦9,000 per election
2. Transportation -₦3,000 per election
3. Feeding allowance -₦1,000 per election
In literal expression, each corps member should be paid a total sum of ₦26, 000 for both elections – ₦13, 000 a piece – But as it is now, most of the Corp members in Benue have only been paid ₦13, 000.
The colossal question is when will the remaining PAY DAY be?
Meanwhile, some ex-corps members, who worked as assistant polling officers in Kwara State have lamented the non-payment of their allowances by the State’s Independent National Electoral Commission, urging it to pay without further delay.
Corps members also staged a peaceful protest in Calabar demanding the payment of their allowances for the functions they carried out during the March 28th Presidential and National Assembly elections in Cross River State.
The Nigerian Government in conjunction with the INEC should review reasons to the delay of payment of the meagre allowance so as to quell the already boiling tempers of the Not-pleased Corp members.