The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has stated that corps members who participate in the conduct of Saturday’s governorship and state house of assembly elections will receive N13,000.
The NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Olubunmi Aderibigbe, in a statement on Tuesday explained that each corps member is entitled to N13,000.00 comprising N9,000.00 (honoraria), N3,000.00 (transportation) and N1,000.00 (feeding).
She also debunked the false information making the rounds that the allowance due to corps members that participated in the 2015 general elections was N53,500.00.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of the NYSC Management has been drawn to an online publication misinforming corps members that the allowance due to them for participation in the 2015 General Elections is N53,500.00. The originator of the false publication is also mobilizing them to shun the next election on 11 April unless this total sum is fully paid.
“Our preliminary investigation has so far indicated that this publication did not emanate from our corps members and it is a mischievous circulation by some unscrupulous elements to discourage Corps members from participating in the next election for whatever reasons best known to them.
“To correct the misinformation, management hereby wishes to put the record straight for public awareness and restate to corps members in clear terms their true entitlement for the elections. The allowances for each corps member is as follows:
“Training allowance of N4,500 only paid directly by INEC to corps members for the training held before elections.
“For each of the two elections, a corps member is entitled to N13,000.00 only, which breaks down to N9,000.00, N3,000.00 and N1,000.00 for honoraria, transportation and feeding respectively. This implies that for the two elections, the total allowance due to each Corps member is N26,000.00 only”.
The statement added that the fund for the allowance was approved by INEC and remitted directly into each of the NYSC state secretariat’s account a week before the presidential and National Assembly elections.
It further disclosed that N13,000.00 for the presidential and National Assembly elections had been fully paid and urged corps member who could not receive the payment to make complaints through the approved channels.
“Also, Management has directed that the N13,000 allowance for the 11 April Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections should be paid in advance by all NYSC State Secretariats latest by Friday 10 April 2015”, it added .
The NYSC, however, warned that corps members, who opted out after receiving the advance payment for participation in Saturday’s polls, would forfeit their April 2015 monthly allowance.