Should NYSC Members be Grateful for the ₦33,000 Monthly Allowance?

Should NYSC Members be Grateful for the ₦33,000 Monthly Allowance?

Almost every Nigerian graduate and undergraduate must have heard the argument that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a waste of time. Yet, there are hundreds of thousands of Nigerian graduates that remain unemployed years after taking part in the mandatory National Youth Service. Obviously, these unemployed Nigerians would have been better off remaining in the program, if not anything, for receiving a monthly stipend to take care of their basic needs.

With the recent approval for the payment of ₦33,000 as monthly allowance for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by the Federal Government, there is a renewed question of whether NYSC is still seen as a waste of time.

How much is enough for a Youth Service Corp considering the present economic situation in the country? Are Nigerian graduates taking part in the National Youth Service maximizing the time and opportunities offered by the program?

If you are currently a serving Corp member will the increment of the monthly allowance to ₦33,000 make your experience better? If you are an undergraduate and about to take part in the NYSC program, what possibly could you do with ₦33,000 to guarantee financial sustainability after-service?

If there are state governments that are struggling to pay workers the minimum wage, should NYSC members be grateful for the increment? How much monthly allowance is enough for participants in the NYSC program?

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