FG plans to increase NYSC allowance again

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Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed has said the National Youth Service Corps Members allowance will be increased.

“There would be an increase for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well,” Ahmed said.

She said the government was still working out modalities before the implementation of the new allowance for the corps members.

“Because by the Act they should earn at least the minimum wage and the NYSC also has to increase to that N30, 000,” Ahmed said.

“So, because we have not done the negotiation with labour, I cannot give you the details of what we are projecting because it is simply on projections, at the end of the day, it is what we agree with labour that will be the amount that is due,” she said.

President Muhammadu Buhari in April signed into law, the #30,000 Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019. The change means the minimum monthly wage will rise to 30,000 naira from 18,000 naira.

However, the finance minister said “there is also the consequential adjustment that we have to negotiate with the labour unions.”

“The total implication of that would be worked out only after the negotiations and that would involve determining how much increase every other staff that is above the minimum wage would get. It could be a flat amount or a proportion.

Corps members are currently earning a monthly allowance of N19,800. N18,000 minimum wage plus 1,800 as transport allowance.

He said government approved N33,000 in line with the new national minimum wage.

Previously, the corps members were paid N19,800 as monthly allowance.

According to a statement by NYSC on its Facebook page, Ibrahim made the disclosure while speaking during a visit to Bauchi State.

Ibrahim explained that “contrary to the various amounts being circulated on the social media, the sum of N33,000 had been approved as the new rate.”

He also said provision had been made for the new allowance in the year 2020 national budget, adding that payment would commence as soon as funds were released by the appropriate authorities.

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