NYSC N4, 000 mobilisation fee, criminal exploitation of the unemployed –NGOs

Some non-governmental organisations have described the N4, 000 online registration fee to be paid by prospective National Youth Service Corp members as exploitation.

The Director, Corps Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, recently disclosed on a radio programme that corps members will 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.

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

“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


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  • Otile

    Remember that the coopers are going to be receiving salaries during and after the service.

    • emeka

      Ojile, yes we know about that but that is no justification for the payment. The youth service information department should have email and it is their responsibility to send it to the emails of all corpers. They are not supposed to pay for it. Our leaders are just greedy and wicked.

    • Salim

      Otile, Are you really serious? or just backward.. Is Nigeria stuck in the 1980s when there was limited internet service, low computer literacy. ? Internet is everywhere now especially via phones. Every Granduate has an email address. Why cant the FG budget for the sending of forms or correspondents via email which will cost absolutely nothing.. N4000 is equivalent of £12 or $16.. which can feed some family for a week OR EVEN MONTH DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE!!!!.

      You people are greedy wicked and selfish thieves. In Nigeria, the FG will pay for pilimigrages to Mecca and Jerusalem but then will allow these thieves to exhort money from the masses for their basic rights like recruitment, call-up letters, delivery of passport. Unless we kick these crazy old baldies, archaic people out, Nigeria is DOOMED

  • Sunday Jimoh

    To start with, it is ludicrous that people have to travel to their school to collect their NYSC call-up letters – in this day and age! The normal thing should have been to receive call-up letters electronically – either by email or by download from a website. The Federal Government should have been wholly responsible for the IT infrastructure and services to make it possible. So, what the minister is trying to charge N4,000 for should have been the norm, with absolutely no charge!

    It is unfortunate that our leaders present what should have been the norm as if it is some great new idea worth commending. NYSC should rather be ashamed that they require new graduates to risk their lives traveling long distances just to collect a letter!

  • Mr. Abdin

    THIS IS VERY UNFORTUNATE, COLLECTING MONEY FROM PROSPECTIVE CORPS MEMBERS IS BAD.

  • bulltron10

    This administration is heartless, why would you allow the senseless exploitation of students, if you have changed it to an online process then it should be cheaper since you don’t have to print the call up letters anymore. but why 4000. GEJ’ claims to be from a humble background yet he has the least sympathy for the less privileged 1) he has been increasing the cost of petrol 2) he has been increasing the cost of electricity and now even the little our children will be ripped off.

  • austine007

    Jonathan is on top of the situation like always hahahahah!!! Lest I forget has anyone prosecuted Dr. Abba Moro over the last scandal that rocked the NIS were over 60-Nigerians died? Ok! Dr Jonathan is on top of the situation…

  • austine007

    Do we blame them? When Churches are opening universities and charging high tuition fees that members of these Churches cannot afford. Yet, I pose to ask this simple question, “Did the G.O or Bishops who own these universities pay such tuition fees in their time when they went to school in the old western region?” I went to school in the Western part of Nigeria back in the 80’s even though am from the Eastern part of Nigeria yet I never paid such outrageous tuition fees prescribed by Church Owned Universities today. I wonder what HEAVEN would be thinking right now???? Now NYSC has joined to worsen the case of the Nigerian youth. No job after spending so much in these expensive universities and then you must pay a whooping 4k to NYSC to oil their anus so that you can register for service… Service nah by force? Scrap the shit and give Bozimo another political appointment as minister or something and let us rest for once. Has NYSC affected us positively? My answer is NO! Because ethnic bigotry and nepotism is still high in but public and private sectors in Nigeria…