An investigation by universalreporters247.com has unveiled that the 2017 Batch B Stream I National Youth Service Corp members who were posted as to serve as Teachers in their place of primary assignment in Nasarawa who recently passed out and their counterparts in stream II working for the Nasarawa state government are being owed 12 months allowances.
The affected Corp members are alleging that management of the NYSC in the state in collaboration with the Ministry of Education embezzled state government allowances meant for the Corp teachers in the state.
Universalreporters247.com, gathered from a reliable source, that trouble started when the Ministry of Education rejected the list claiming workers were on strike but after the strike action, the same ministry rejected the list again thereby leaving Batch B Corp members in limbo.
A Corp member is one of the teachers stated in an interview with newsmen confirmed the allegation and added that Batch B Corp teachers especially those in-stream II have been relying solely on the allowance from the federal government through the National Youth Service Corps to survive.
Investigations revealed that a list of Batch B Corp members’ names was submitted by NYSC management in the state to officials of the Ministry of Education for confirmation and onward submission to the Ministry of Finance for their payment but the list was rejected.
The Corp member who teaches in one of the state Government Secondary Schools said though promises have been made by the state government to pay, however for the past 12 months, nothing has been paid to them despite having few weeks left in the state.
“Nobody has paid anything. I leave everything to God.
Saying the lean allowance from the state government is not much but it goes a long way to show how much they appreciate our sacrifice to the country. It’s sad we are not enjoying the benefits other Corp members enjoy in other states,” she said.
Mrs. Zainab Isah the State Director of NYSC refuted the allegations that NYSC connived with state government officials to embezzle Corp members allowance but admitted that NYSC was working hard to ensure that all those affected get their allowances from the state government as soon as possible.
“For purpose of record; “it is not the duty of NYSC to pay them these allowances in their various places of their Primary assignment but we shall at all times continue to play the role of parents to every Corp member.
“We shall continue to engage those in government to do the needful. I know that the state governor is someone who prioritizes the welfare of Corp members in the state. So I am confident all the outstanding would be settled very soon”.
All efforts to contact the Hon. Commissioner of Education, Aliyu Ahmed Tijani proved abortive as at press time, as his calls made to his phones were not answered.