The Coordinator of the National Youths Corps Service, NYSC, Sokoto State, Musa Abubakar, has advocated the increment of the monthly allowances to corps members in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Mr. Abubakar spoke in Sokoto on Friday shortly after paying a courtesy call on the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.
The coordinator and his management team met the sultan behind closed doors, alongside other senior councillors.
“The present allowance of N19,800 to each corps member per month is no longer enough considering the prevailing economic situation in the country.
“I will not make any specific suggestions in this direction, but I strongly support increasing it immediately,” Mr. Abubakar said.
The coordinator further suggested the review of the monthly allowances paid to the corps members anytime the national minimum wage is reviewed in the country.
He also kicked against calls for the scrapping of the scheme, saying that it bolsters national unity, curbs poverty and youth restiveness.
Mr. Abubakar said that he was at the palace of the sultan to pay homage and seek his royal blessings.
“The sultan is a national father and he is a symbol of national unity.
“He has also assured us of his sustained support to ensure the success of the scheme,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Abdulkadir, has assured the NYSC officials of sustained support and adequate security.
Speaking while receiving the NYSC coordinator at the Police Headquarters, on Friday, Mr. Abdulkadir averred: “The command owes it a duty to ensure that the scheme succeeds.
“We will continue to accord priority to the security of corps members across the state,” he added.
Earlier, the coordinator had assured that the scheme would do everything humanly possible to sustain cordial relationship between it and the command.
According to him, the police is a critical stakeholder in the NYSC scheme and this relationship will be further galvanised.
Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari
Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to call for an end to widespread police brutality.
Despite the protest, security agents have clamped down on protesters in Oyo, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Monday, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare quoted Buhari as saying that it was the right of the youths to protest and make certain demands from their leaders.
According to the minister, the president asked the protesters to give his administration time to address their demands as the team set up has already gone to work.
#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel
In a bid to quell the ongoing #EndSARS protest, the Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate cases of police brutality in Edo State.
Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday
He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”
The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.
Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos (Video)
Thugs have forced men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command to flee for their dear lives after attacking their van.
The incident happened along Herbert Macaulay way in Yaba on Monday morning October 19.
The thugs threw stones and other dangerous weapons at the officers who immediately jumped down from the van and started running for their lives.
The state police command is yet to react to the incident.
RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)
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