The Akwa Ibom State Government has said plans are under way to increase the allowances of corps members serving in the state.
Speaking yesterday in Uyo during the passing out ceremony of 2019 Batch ‘A’ corps members, Governor Udom Emmanuel said the increment will improve corps members condition and engender higher productivity.
The governor appreciated the Federal Government for enhancing the monthly allowance of corps members in the country, saying corp members have been a critical partner in the development of the state.
Emmanuel who was represented by Mrs. Mary Bassey, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, said the contributions of members of the scheme have impacted on all sectors of the economy.
“Your contributions in the implementation of government policies and programmes impacted greatly on all sectors, particularly, education, agriculture, infrastructural development and health care service delivery.
“On our part, this government will not relent in paying adequate attention to the welfare and security of corps members.
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Federal government for enhancing the monthly allowance of corps members from N19, 800 to N33,000.00.
“Akwa Ibom state government will also consider an improvement on corps member’s state allowance. This is in a bid to improve corps members’ condition and engender higher productivity.
“The Government and people of Akwa Ibom state cannot compensate you adequately for filling the gap in our educational and socio economic lives,” he stated.
Also speaking, State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Julius Amusan, congratulated the 2,582 corps members passing out for surmounting the challenges of national service.
He however regretted that five of them lost their lives during the service year, and condoled with the families of the deceased.
Amusan said that seven corps members who absconded during the period were made to repeat the service year, while 16 others who engaged in various degrees of misconduct have been made to repeat some months out of the service year.
He said, “I am happy to report that these corps members have conducted themselves as loyal and patriotic Nigerians in accomplishing the four cardinal programmes of the scheme.
“While we rejoice with these corps members for the feat attained, I regret to report that we lost five corps members during the year under different circumstances.
“During the same period , seven corps members absconded from service. They have been recommended for a repeat of the service year whenever they re-surface.
“There are also sixteen others who committed various degrees of misconduct, varying from unauthorized journeys, absenteeism and other acts contrary to the provision of the NYSC bye-Laws.
“They have been booked to serve extension of service , ranging from two weeks to four months”.