Nasarawa state Government has commenced payment of outstanding state allowances to National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members in the state.
Chairman of the NYSC Allowance Disbursement Committee set up by the state government to screen and pay corp members owed Muhammed Bashir, who confirmed the payments yesterday to newsmen in Lafia, said the exercise was to fulfill the state government’s commitment to the scheme and its obligation towards ensuring that corp members serving in Nasarawa state benefit from its youth oriented programmes and policies.
Bashir explained that the payment of the outstanding state allowances covers corp members who recently concluded their service year and all batches still serving in the state and the allowances are paid based on the length of period every corp member missed the state allowance while serving the state.
“We have concluded our verification of all those that served the state government in one establishment or the other and now making payments to them. We have the record of every corp member been owed ministry by ministry and everyone will receive their allowance. The payment is for those who have left and all the different batches still serving in the state. Those who have left, that is Batch B Stream I were paid on the day they passed out which was last week Wednesday.” He said.
He commended the corp members for their patience and resilience and explained that the delay in paying the state allowances was not deliberate as according to him, no government would want to be insensitive to the plight of members of the scheme.
Bashir also revealed that new corp members deployed and posted to ministries in the state will start receiving their allowances before the end of October.
Coordinator of NYSC in the state Zainab Isah, who also confirmed the development said she was excited adding that the payments will boost the morale of corp members in the state, “I am overjoyed over this development. It is a welcome development. My corp members will be so excited and will want to reciprocate the gesture by working hard for the state.”