The Ohimegye of Igu-Kotonkarfe kingdom, Alhaji Abdulrazak Isah Koto, has advocated for special allowance for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after their one-year mandatory service.
Alhaji Isah Koto, who made the call when he received outgoing batch (A) corps members in his palace on Thursday, stressed that there was a need for the federal government to come up with a special package that will help any corps member pending when such member secures a job.
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“And besides, I have always advocated that even after your one-year mandatory NYSC service, there should be a stipend, something like a retirement benefit for the corps members pending when they secure a job. This I believe will go a long way in alleviating unemployment and other challenges in our society,” he said.
The monarch said the federal government has the capacity to provide retirement benefits for the corps members, saying poverty was not caused by God, but human beings.
Earlier, the corps liaison officer of the local government council, said they were at the palace to seek the blessing of the monarch and thanked him for the support the people of his kingdom gave to them throughout their one-year service in the area.
He told the monarch that during their one-year stay in the kingdom, people of the area accommodated and secured their lives and property.
“And it was on this premise that we sincerely thank his majesty and his cabinet of chiefs for making sure that our safety is guaranteed throughout our one year of service in this kingdom,” he said.