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NYSC DG Tasks Employers of Corps Members on Welfare Allowance

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has enjoined corps members’ employers to ensure they place priority on the welfare of corps members in their establishment.

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Ibrahim stated this on Wednesday while delivering a keynote address at the 2021 corps employers workshop, tagged: “Optimizing the NYSC/Corps Employees Partnership for National Development in the Context of the New Normal” which held at the NUT hall, Teachers House, Ibadan.

The NYSC DG who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Attah, NYSC Director for General Service, called on corps members’ employers to provide a conducive environment and make adequate provision for the welfare of their corps members.

In his words “In the course of their primary assignment, which is the second phase of the service, employers are expected to make some statutory welfare provisions for the corps members.

“These include transportation from camp, reception/induction on arrival at the service location, accommodation with modest furnishing, transport to and from office or a reasonable amount of money in-lieu of same as well as free medical services and local allowances, amongst others.

“No doubt, these will be veritable sources of motivation for the corps members and will go a long way to engender productivity. The employers are also expected to apply appropriate sanctions against corps members when they err as well as report details of wrongdoing and actions taken to the scheme.”

Ibrahim further called on corps employers to support the scheme in securing the lives and property of corps members serving in their respective establishment as well as retain deserving ones after the service year.

“Relevant Stakeholders, including Financial Institutions, employers are encouraged to support corps members towards accessing quality post-camp training to enable them to actualise their business dreams.

“The NYSC management places a high premium on the security of lives and property of corps members throughout the service year. Accordingly, employers are required to equally pay particular attention to the security of corps members posted to your organisations.

“Given the fact that they are new in the environment, you are enjoined to effectively guide them on safety,” the DG added.

The NYSC DG also chided employers who help corps members to stage-manage their rejection, abscond from service, expose corps members to COVID-19, among others.

Mr Agegboyega Enitan, a corps employer who spoke to Tribune Online lauded the move by the NYSC management to organise the workshop.

He noted that the event will improve the relationship between the NYSC scheme and corps members ‘ employers and invariably benefit corps members.

Source: Tribune

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