by Hauwa Gambo
The Minister of Youth, Bolaji Abdullahi, who arrived the country from an official assignment abroad yesterday has blamed the delay in paying the allowances of corps members on the transition to a better accounting system – however he has promised that payment will be made this week.
See full text of his official statement below:
The attention of the Honorable Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has been drawn to the controversy and speculation in the media over the delay of the April allowance of corps members.
The Minister has been informed that this delay is not unique to corps members but also affects some civil servants in the employ of the Federal Government.
“It is not deliberate but as a result of the transition to the new and better secured Integrated Payroll Payment System, as part of Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability,” he said.
The Minister has however been assured by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that by this weekend all administrative issues pertaining to the allowance of corps members would be sorted out and they could look forward to receiving their April and May allowances.
He regrets whatever inconvenience this delay might have caused our loyal and dutiful corps members, and urged them to continue to serve Nigeria selflessly.