NYSC to extort N800 million from Corps members

FILE PHOTO: Corp members in camp

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, would rake in about N800 million yearly from printing the call-up letters for Nigerian graduates participating in the one-year compulsory scheme, the Director, Corps Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, disclosed on a radio programme.

The new arrangement extends the list of government establishments extorting unemployed graduates in the guise of making them pay for employment applications.

Mr. Ani, while speaking on Political Platform on Raypower FM, on Monday, said a N4,000 fee will be paid by each corps member for their call-up letter.

He, however, did not say if the money would be realized from a single batch since the service runs three batches – A,B and C, yearly.

The NYSC had recently announced that it would charge each prospective corps member to print call-up letters for them.

The Director-General of the Corps, Johnson Olawuni, a brigadier-general, had explained that the fee was for service and
infrastructure to be deployed to collaborating firm, SIDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited, which would ensure a full
computerization of the mobilization process.

The new scheme starts from the next batch.

Mr. Ani said the fee would cover the cost of accessing and printing out of the call-up letters online for prospective corps members, instead of the traditional system of travelling to their schools to pick the letters.

Mr. Ani said the risk involved in fresh graduates travelling to their schools to pick the letters was enormous and that the fee would reduce the risk.

Stating that payment of the fee was optional, the NYSC official said it was the corps members that asked for the new pay regime having realized that the risks involved, including road accidents were taking a toll on the graduates.


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  • arewethishopeless

    And they also asked to be charged 4,000 Naira each …..

    Now it seems all government appointees believe the time is running out so the last phase of CHOP in FULL FORCE has begun.

  • Peter Irene

    This Jonathan Goverment is an anemy of the youth. The other day I read an editorial on this topic and my personal investigation shows that prospective Youth Corpers have to pay N101 to obtain a PIN to enable them register to serve their country with a further payment of N4,000. Thereafter they a referred to various business centre across the country to do biometrics where another N1,000 is extorted from them. The Question now is that these monies are already being collected by NYSC and this wicked government who cannot protect the youth from Boko Haram is also extorting them and worst still there will no job after this wicked and multiple extortions. I call this Government to scrap NYSC. It is no longer useful other than being used by officials to enrich themselves. I learnt various sums are also collected when one does not want to serve in the YAB states .Boko Haram Honouraria!

  • Dapo Sekoni

    I wonder why every odd and absurdities ever known in the Nigerian and world history of governance is under mr. goodluck jonathan.

    Why make it compulsory for graduates to have the N.Y.S.C certificate before securing a job in the country and mandatory for employers of labor to demand for it?…

    I think if this is the case now, then the youth service should be made an optional program for graduates and not compulsory for employers to demand for the certificate before employing any Nigerian graduate. Afterall, the program has outlived it’s usefulness and purpose. Imagine how many were killed in the north during the 2011 election and so many died untimely in the hands of the insurgents.

    So funny, Nigeria has simply become an animal farm… Kudos to Geoge Orvil. A country where an employed graduate has to pay to buy forms to get an employment under the same government and even die in the process of a job interview as a result of a scuge that was created the unemployment due to bad programs and negligence for good governance and total impunity for the welfare of its citizenry…

    I wonder why N.Y.S.C, Ministry of Labor and (Un)Productivity, Road Safety Commission etc under mr. jonathan have become profit making parastatals for the government when the same government can not even account for oil monies made daily…

    It is indeed a very funny country… Second base jare!

  • Mohstone

    They are stealing even from Youth Corpers !!! Chei !!! This transformation na wa o!!!

  • tuco

    The fee would reduce the risk and hence inflate your pockets abi??? Taking undue advantage to exploit the youths, why the youths? Era and season of chop chop, everybody chop chop. Nawaooo

  • juachebe

    This president should ask questions rather than keep quiet as usual. To exploit hapless and helpless youths in this way is evil.

  • Okikiola Beckley

    But this should be part of the running cost of the NYSC. They should include this in their annual budget proposal when they are making submissions to the National Assembly. An additional N800m a year is just a slight increase in their allocation.

  • Chritz

    This is totally unacceptable, why should croppers be made to pay N4000.00 just to print out their call-up letter from the NYSC site. It is too expensive and totally unjustified. In the past, the same call-up letters are printed out by NYSC and sent to schools to be released free of charge to the students. When will government agencies stop to exploit us in this country. The NYSC scheme is a period of free service to the nation by graduating Nigerian students, they are not paid salaries but basic allowances to cater for housing and transport. How can these youths be made to pay N4000.00 just to print out call up letters. We need to speak out against this form of exploitation. A charge of N500.00 to N1000.00 would still be appropriate.
    Mr. President, Minister for Labour, Minister for Youth and culture we await your response.