Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim director General of the National Youth Service Corps said the scheme await directives from the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed on when to commence the payment of the new minimum wage of N30, 000 to corps members.
The DG said once the Finance Miniter give the order to commence the payment, the serving corps members will be notified on the payment of the 30,000 minimum wage.
The NYSC boss made this known during the opening ceremony of a meeting between top management of the scheme and representatives of state governments on Tuesday in Abuja with the theme: “Optimising the potentials of corps members for national unity and development: The role of state governments as stakeholders.”
DG said the corp members will be communicated to, about the payment of the areas as a result of the 30,000 minimum wage which was singed into law in April this year, by president Mohammad Buhari.
The NYSC DG said: “The minister (of Youth and Sports Development, Sundawereore) has announced it and further details will be given to us by the Minister of Finance (Zainab Ahmed); this we are waiting for. I want to assure that just as the minister said, the corps members also benefitted from the minimum wage. The moment we get the details, they will be contacted.
“We are going to commence the payment as directed by the Federal Government. I have spoken to my corps members when I visited Jigawa State about four days ago. I told them that they also have benefitted from the minimum wage. And they were so excited and were praying for the Federal Government, saying it will engender them to perform more duties for the country.
“Once the government commences with the civil servants, the corps members will enjoy the same. Our minister has directed that further details will be communicated to us by the minister of finance.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in his remarks, said the scheme has contributed immensely to the socio-economic, political and cultural development of the country since its establishement in 1973.
To sustain this achieve, the minister urged all levels of governments to fulfil their obligations towards ensuring smooth operation of the scheme.
The minister called for the creation of a conducive working environment for the potentials of Corps members to be fully harnessed for national development.
Dare said that he was concerned that the successes recorded by corps members in the past were being impaired today by the inability of critical stakeholders, especially states and local governments to fully discharge their statutory responsibilities to the scheme.
“Reversing this trend will surely increase the tempo of contributions of corps participants to the improvement of the living standard of our people, especially in rural communities,” the minister added.