Minister promises upward review of corps members’ allowances

Members of the National Youth Service Corps PHOTO: NAN

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, says the government has initiated the process of upward review of corps members’ allowances.

Dalung, who disclosed that the review was undergoing legislative process, acknowledged that what was being paid as allowances to corps members today had become grossly insufficient for them.

The minister stated this yesterday when he conducted an unscheduled inspection visit to the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Magu, Plateau State, to enable him ascertain the welfare of the scheme’s members and status of facilities at the camp.

Pledging that government would not compromise the security and welfare of youths on national service, he warned corps members of the danger inherent in non-disclosure of their health status. He added: “To be sick is human and sickness is not a crime. There is, therefore, no reason for hiding one’s heath status. Giving necessary information will enable the relevant authority take necessary action, including granting redeployment requests to corps members with serious health challenges to states where they can have access to physicians that are conversant with their cases.”

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