by Tolu Orekoya
Pay Us our allowee
These are just a tiny sample of the angry tweets that have flooded the twitterverse as young Nigerians vent their anger over the non-payment of their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) allowance for the month of April, two weeks into May.
This has had a knock-on effect for many corps members, as they cannot afford food or transport, and many do not get paid an additional stipend from their employers, and in remote areas, they incur living expenses that make their allowance a indispensable lifeline.
@bigyinka tweeted: Taraba, We can’t just work under dis condition. We are broke and people are beginning to see us as touts cos many of our members now claim “staffs” in public buses.
@DCRedHead said: my bro is a new corper in Rivers St. Had to relocate, pay 1-yr rent, buy gen etc & NO salary. Bullsh*t
Speaking to the NYSC Deputy Director of Public Relations, Peter Atilola, he had this to say: “It’s not just the corpers…we [NYSC staff] have yet to receive our salary as well. Nobody has been paid.” He went on to say that the hold-up was on the Federal Government’s end, and while he could give no timeline, he hoped the issue should be resolved soon.
We hope so too.