FG has initiated process of upward review of corps members’ allowances - Dalung

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Sports minister Dalung says that FG has initiated process of upward review of corps members’ allowances

According to him, the review was undergoing legislative process.

The minister acknowledged that what was being paid as allowances to corps members today had become grossly insufficient for them.

Dalung also noted that government would not compromise the security and welfare of youths on national service.

However, he was quick to warn corps members of the danger inherent in non-disclosure of their health status.

He said: “To be sick is human and sickness is not a crime. There is, therefore, no reason for hiding one’s heath status. Giving necessary information will enable the relevant authority take necessary action, including granting redeployment requests to corps members with serious health challenges to states where they can have access to physicians that are conversant with their cases.”

Dalung's disclosure comes just days after the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose called on the Nigerian government to increase allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The governor said Nigerian must collectively join him to mandate the federal government to increase the allowance from N19,800 to N50,000.

The corps members' allowance popularly known as ‘allawee’ was increased by former president Goodluck Jonathan in July 2011, from N9,775 to N19,800.