Serving National Youth Service Corps members are in a delirium of sorts after the Federal Government fulfilled its promise to pay N33,000 to them as allowance.
The new allowance is more than 100 percent from the N18,000 they were paid before.
On Twitter Friday, excited corps members shared their excitement in many posts, with the #NYSC trending as the number one topic in Nigeria.
But there are downsides as well, as corps members at the brink of passing out are expressing fears of plunging into the unemployment market, where they may not even earn the basic N33,000.
On 29 January, the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, had hinted that the new allowance, called allawee by corps members, was on the way.
He spoke during a meeting with some corps members at the service’s Bauchi State Secretariat.
Brigadier General Ibrahim, who was on a working visit to the state, cleared the air on the amount approved as monthly allowance for corps members.
He explained that the approval was made in line with the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage by the Federal Government.
Ibrahim noted that contrary to the various amounts being circulated on social media, the sum of N33,000 had been approved as the new rate.
See some of the reactions on Twitter:
Dear #NYSC members, now that the FG has increased your allowance to 33k, don't increase your expenses, continue to work with 19,800 budget, you've been coping with it, save & invest more.
Saving extra #13,200 will give you#158k
You need something to fall back to after service. pic.twitter.com/fIfswtD7sB
— ALABI OPEYEMI OLADIMEJI (@alabiopeyemiola) January 31, 2020Advertisement
I just woke up to 33k alert ehhh..
FG issa goal!
This is the kinda alert I love waking up to 😍#NYSC pic.twitter.com/lryl7pXkr8Advertisement
— LagosBakerPlug🎂🍰 (@Bennie_baby1) January 31, 2020
Dear Employers of Labor;#NYSC has started paying Corp members 33k, please don’t offer any pay lesser than 50k when they start applying for a position in your companies.
We don’t want to see any “Fresh graduate with 3 years experience, pay is 30k” advert. We no go jam agbako o🙏🏽
— Tife🌚 (@Tife_fabunmi) January 31, 2020
#NYSC Finally I can start wearing my fully kitted NYSC uniform 24/7.
Whenever you see any corp member passing by, just holla. pic.twitter.com/JSaIJglKOZ
— Habib Zakawanu Onoruoyiza 📷 (@Zak_21stCM) January 31, 2020