Quite a number of serving corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo state have begun to gripe over the failure of the state government to pay nine months’ arrears of state allowances owed them.
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The affected corps members made the plea on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital, NAN reports.
The state government is accused of reneging to the promise it made previously to be paying the sum of N4, 000 monthly to corps members serving in the state.
Speaking in apparent dissatisfaction, Miracle Onyekponwanne, a Batch ‘B’ 2015/2016 female corper, disclosed 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 and it is supposed to be the responsibility of the school and government. So, we have to accommodate 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. We have to transport ourselves and do other things.
“We will pass out in October, yet we have not received anything. The government should please pay us everything at once or even twice, before we pass out.”
Another female corper, Oyinkansola Omotesho, of Batch ‘B’, said:
“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 remove our mind from it. We would have calculated what to use the money for but our hope are being dashed out.
“They should please be checking how they pay on the payroll because only few people received once but those of us teaching in my school has not received anything at all since 2015.”
In the same vein, a Batch ‘B’ member, Mr Meshach Omaji, said he only received two months allowance since October 2015, adding that other batches had not received any at all.
“Since I started serving in November 2015, I have only received twice. The first one was meant for December, 2015 but the second one was not stated, so I assumed it was for January 2016.
“I have not received any other one since then. Maybe I received those ones because I am serving with the state NYSC editorial department.
“Most of my colleagues have not received any since 2015.”
Also, a corps member in a secondary school in Saki, who preferred anonymity, said that the state government had only paid the December and January allowances.
Omaji, however, pleaded with the government to pay the remaining allowance.
“The money should be for accommodation but when we did not receive it, we had to source for it from parents and relations.
“These are people we should even be giving money; no matter how little, rather than them giving us,’’ he said.
Attempts made to reach the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Olayinka, failed.