Nigerian govt. agrees to review NYSC N4, 000 mobilisation fee

FILE PHOTO: Corp members in camp

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, on Monday said the Federal Government would review the N4, 000 online registration fee imposed on prospective corps members by the National Youth Service Corps.

Speaking Monday on a Channels TV’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr. Moro said the negative reactions that have trailed the policy has now necessitated a review.

“Giving the reactions of Nigerians, whether it (the N4000 mobilization fee) is right or wrong is not the issue. It is whether it is acceptable,” Mr. Moro said in response to a question on the propriety or otherwise of the policy.

“From the reaction we are getting, it is unacceptable. I’m sure the authorities involved will review the situation.”

The Director, Corps Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, had recently announced that corps members would now pay N4, 000 to download their call-up letters online.

Mr. Ani explained that the N4, 000 online registration fee was introduced so as to stop fresh graduates from traveling back to their various schools to pick up the letters.

But many Nigerians rejected the policy, describing it as exploitation of young graduates.

The spokesperson of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, Samson Itodo, told PREMIUM TIMES, the fee was unnecessary.

“I think it’s quite unfortunate that NYSC can ask jobless youth, who just came out of the university, to pay N4000. What is this country doing to young people? What is the country doing for its citizens? Why do we have to pay for technological services? It’s totally unacceptable.

“It shows that we have an insensitive administration that does not have the interest of the Nigerian people at heart. What has the NYSC done to enhance the potentials of people who are willing to design applications free of charge? The explanation given by NYSC is so flimsy and is totally exploitative, which is not acceptable to us and we think they should reverse it,” Mr. Itodo said.

The Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, expressed his disappointment over the issue, calling it a criminal act.

“It’s part of the corruption in this country and I call it extortion from fresh graduates who struggled to see themselves through school. They do not have a sustainable reason to ask the corps members to pay N4,000; people who are jobless, who just came out of the university. I call it criminal extortion and we are not in support of it and it must be stooped,” Mr. Rafsanjani said.

A human rights lawyer, Suraj Olanrewaju, said the NYSC should have a functional email through which call-up letters could be sent to graduates.

“What of students who reside in the state where the schools are located? What excuse do you have for those? If I may ask, are the students complaining? If they pay the so-called N4000, will they not still travel back to get their certificates or will they not still travel for the primary deployment? As long as we fold our arms and keep quiet, this criminal act will continue to go on,” Mr. Olanrewaju said.

In its own reaction, the Nigerian Labour Congress [NLC] accused the NYSC of plotting to turn the mobilization of corps members into a money-making venture.

“We certainly find it morally wrong for the authorities to turn this initiative into a money-making venture,” the statement by the NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, said.

“It is the more in congruent and unacceptable because it seems the authorities now want to take  advantage of the weak and the vulnerable,” the statement said.

The NLC explained that as a general rule, any technology that seeks to increase the cost of production is not worth the effort.

“In the instance, we have reason to believe that the online registration initiative helps to reduce both administrative and bureaucratic costs which NYSC had borne all along,

“Embracing technology should reduce operating cost, time and wastage,” it said.

The NLC called on the authorities at the NYSC to retrace their steps by reversing the policy of charging corps members N4, 000.

 


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  • Arewa Architect

    Mr. Abba Morro is the most senseless public servant in the 21st century

    • Mohstone

      What about the man that appointed him ???

      • Bishop

        That is what we call “BLOCK HEADS CARRYING DEAD WOOD”

  • King Carlos

    Awon ole ja ti ja ti. You people will never enjoy the money you have stolen from Nigerian youths. NIS, NYSC …

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Mr Abba Moro, the reactions raised by Nigerians on the N4,000 mobilization fee constitute an issue since the reactions have brought in matters to be deliberated further upon. And you, Mr Moro, saying that the issue is whether the fee is acceptable plays into the camp of people’s reactions you have already dismissed as non-issue! Mr. Moro, you are further confusing matters. Maybe you were not prepared for the interview and so you gave an answer that was charged with some contradiction. Next time ask for the questions beforehand.

  • Dr Chukwudinma Prime

    The NYSC, under the Administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has perfected its craft to charge jobless young graduates, whom this country has failed in all respects, and some, of whom struggled to finance their education through the universities and polytechnics, an unethical “technological” fee of #4000 each. This is the first of such an impunity, in the over 41yr history of the NYSC scheme. Its happening in the most corrupt democratic rule, in Nigerian history. The most interesting of it all, is that it is championed by the notorious and controversial minister of interior, Abba Moro, who supervised the immigration recruitment scam, that profited him over #1bn, at the expense of the sacred lives of many poor unemployed young Nigerian job seekers. It may also interest you to know that as I write, the Goodluck Jonathan administration is yet to order a refund of the #1000 each paid by the over 1million dead and living defunct job seekers. Abba Moro is a beast, with no remorse.. This is our country, the kind of country we find ourselves in. President Jonathan is a colossal failure!! Quote me “He lacks the credentials to contest and win a credible election, with the current situation of things”.. He has the yoke of corruption, comfortably hanging and dangling on his neck. He has grown so unpopular, and someone has to tell him to get his acts together and sit up!!

    • Bishop

      The Man is a complete failure both to himself and to the entire populace of Nigeria, He should be charged to Jail for all the crimes and atrocities he has laid upon innocent citizens since he stepped up there. This is the very reason why we must all come together and vote him out this time, let’s kick this rotten and sick Party called PDP out of power once and for all. We all know no party is the best but I believe strongly that “HE THAT IS DOWN FEARS NO FALL” This country is already heading for flat bottom, so whatever the opposition holds for us is a fair deal. we cannot continue to live like this, Lives lost, properties destroyed every single day that passes. Youths are lost in the chart, there’s no plan for them at all as well as our old and weak. LETS VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!!

      • Mohstone

        Am beginning to have hope if a “Bishop” and Dr. Chukwudimma Prime are bold enough to say the truth against the tyrannical system that we found ourselves in. Thank you guys.