NLC blasts NYSC over N4, 000 levy on corps members

The Nigerian Labour congress, NLC, has criticised the National Youth Corp Member, NYSC, for compelling corps members to pay N4, 000 online registration fee, saying the process has been exploited by the NYSC as a money-making venture.

In a press statement Thursday, the union condemned the policy of levying corps members before being registered for the compulsory one-year scheme.

The union however commended the authorities of the NYSC for the online registration initiative which it said saves prospective corps members from the risks associated with travel.

“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.

The NYSC’s director for Corps Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, had said on a radio programme that a N4,000 on line registration fee will be paid by fresh gradate before they get their call up letters.

The policy has drawn criticisms.


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  • True Nigerian

    But what are the corpers and potential corpers saying? Aren’t they all silent, quiet and watching Nollywood? Aren’t they all quietly going about their normal businesses and waiting for their own opportunity to chop from high position in power? Aren’t they all docile, relaxing and waiting to benefit from any of their oppressors that happens to become more powerful either during or after the 2015 election? Aren’t they all hoping and waiting to vote for the same insensate government that quietly and pretentiously sits like a duck and watch the corpers ripped off in this brazen way?

    You are looking at hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of corpers and potential corpers who will be victims of this brazen impunity. Their number alone will make any government sick and traumatised if they raised their voices and stood together. If they even threaten enmass that the leadership is guaranteed a loss of every corper’s votes should this go ahead, the government will pull back from its brazen greed and insensitivity. But the slient lambs meant for the slaughter are all quiet and waiting for their own time to oppress others the way they’ve been oppressed. What they don’t know is that they are mostly going to die in mediocrity and that their so-called time will never come. The N1,000 and N2,000 they paid for a fraudulent and murderous recruitment event has been spent. And now, it is another way to perpetually rip them off each year forever. And yet they can’t see the trend. They think it will somehow stop or that they will somehow get to the point where they are now at the beneficial end of the malfeasance that is damaging their lives and potentials. They can’t see the cycle – a vicious cycle with no end.

    As I’ve often said, Nigerians deserve their abject and miserable lives. The attitude in this country is at the lowest ebb.

  • murtala bg

    This nation is becoming a jungle,accelerating towards the must wicked form of capitalism.only the fittest can survive.this administration considered every form of social subsidy programme as unnecessary burden.NLC is just shouting in the wild.

  • Usman

    you pay to serve the nation and some are stealing what you paid

  • tsunami1earthquake

    What is this NYSC up to? How could this institution charge intending youth corpers any money at all, let alone charging them N4,000? This is another case of the Immigration Saga playing itself out here! But I blame Nigeria, for if Nigeria had dealt decisively with Abba Moro, the Minister of Internal Affairs, after the Immigration events, the NYSC would not have had the guts to even conceive this kind of act, let alone putting it into effect.