The Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Anambra State Mrs. Yetunde Baberinwa, has urged employers of youth corps members in the state not treat them as cheap labor.
She made the call on Wednesday during the corps employers workshop titled “Optimizing the NYSC/Corps Members Partnership for National Development in the Contest of the New Normal” held in Awka South local government of the state.
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She said the scheme frowns at the under-utilization and unfair treatment of corps members by their various employers and it is not acceptable.
She said that corps members are not to be paid on commission but on an agreed monthly allowance not less than N10,000 to motivate them and argument the Federal Government allowance.
She also warned employers of corps members against authorizing their travel permits without approval from the scheme.
She said travel permit is to be recommended on corps members request to NYSC through their local government inspectors.
Speaking to Journalists on the side line of the program, the principal of Willie Obiano Secondary Enugu-Aguleri Anambra East local government, Mr. Amaobi Joseph, said the corps members sometimes are difficult to manage.
He said some of them travel out of the state without permission and knowledge of the school management.
He said, “Some of the corps members are truant, they sneak out and come in at their well. It is difficult to control them because some of them are living outside the school premises. When you try to punish them, it appears you are wicked, but we continue talking to them about the danger of their action.”
He also decried the dressing mode of some corps members, which he said are indecent and poor.
He said, “Some of them will come in with half naked dress and when we tell them to go and change, some will see it as punishment, most, later appreciate this.”