Published On: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Corruption: NYSC Extorts Corp Members Of N1, 000 Each

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By Our Correspondent

Corp members in Ibadan have decried serial extortion from the state officials of the National Youth Service (NYSC) as they were forced to pay N1, 000 for no reason.

PINNACLE News Online gathered that the Corp members were compelled to pay or denied access to be cleared for the month.

Speaking to one of the Corp members simply identified as Grace said she was surprised at the development.

Narrating her ordeal, she said they were surprised when the Local government Inspector, Ibadan North Local Government  along Agodi Gate  State secretariat , Mr. Afolabi S told them to make the payment to be cleared or risk extension of service.

Grace said it was unfortunate that they have to be treated this way, while serving their father land.

She said that the federal government noted that it has concluded all arrangements and necessary provision prior to the beginning of our service year as indicated in our letters.

She said the objectives of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme are clearly spelt out in Decree No.51 of 16th June 1993 which does not include unnecessary extortion.

This development might not go down well with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Director General NYSC, Brig Gen., Suleiman Kazaure whose cardinal objective was to fight corruption and bring the menace to a halt.

According to her, “On getting to NYSC , we were told to pay N1,000 or not be cleared. When we demanded explanation to know the reason for the payments, we were all ignored.

The Corp members noted that the federal government’s commitment to fight corruption was just a lip service if it failed to bring the Director General of the NYSC, the State Coordinator, Mrs Ifeoma Anidobi to order.

‘’The director general should come out clean, if it on same stance with current administration’s avowed commitment to fight corruption.

‘’It is unfortunate that we have to be treated this way, while serving our father land.

‘’The president and director general must not maintain silence on this.

‘’This is gross extortion. We say no to needless extortion,’’ she said.

A corp member identified as Balarabe said the Corp members are alarmed over the development owing to their meager stipends

We were told that the primary aim of the mandatory programme was to inculcate discipline amongst Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria in any situation we may find ourselves, but this is not we are seeing here by our coordinators.

‘’They are corrupt and shameless. And they should be expunged from the system.

‘’The reality of seemingly protecting sacred cows by the President will be confirmed if the Director General is not called to order.

When contacted on phone Mr. Afolabi did not deny or confirm the payment to our correspondent.

The objectives of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme include:

‘’To raise the moral tone of the Nigerian youths by giving them the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement.

‘’To develop in the Nigerian youths the attitudes of mind, acquired through shared experience and suitable training. Which will make them more amenable to mobilisation in the national interest

‘’To enable Nigerian youths acquire the spirit of self reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self employment

‘’To contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy

‘’To develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration

‘’To remove prejudices, eliminate ignorance and confirm at first hand the many similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups.

‘’To develop a sense of corporate existence and common destiny of the people of Nigeria.

‘’The equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective utilisation of their skills in area of national needs

‘’That as far as possible, youths are assigned to jobs in States other than their States of origin

‘’That such group of youths assigned to work together is as representative of Nigeria as far as possible.

‘’That the Nigerian youths are exposed to the modes of living of the people in different parts of Nigeria

‘’That the Nigerian youths are encouraged to eschew religious intolerance by accommodating religious differences.

‘’That members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus promoting the free movement of labour.

‘’That employers are induced partly through their experience with members of the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin.’’

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