Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has approved a 100% increment in the allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the state for their mandatory one-year service.
The governor announced on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 of the NYSC at the State’s Orientation Camp, Asanya, in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Bello said the increment was approved given the current economic realities and the overall importance of the NYSC scheme to national and state development.
He also announced a donation of N37.7 million as logistics support for the Youth Corps members as they move to their respective places of primary assignments.
The governor urged the corps members to be of good behavior and encouraged them to embrace the spirit of “One Nigeria” and treat all citizens as fellow Nigerians, transcending ethnic and religious boundaries.
He also urged them to demonstrate diligence, hard work, commitment, and understanding throughout their service years, as these qualities would prepare them to overcome challenges after completing their service period.
Bello commended the State Coordinator of the NYSC, Adebimpe Williams, for the camp’s overall infrastructure improvement and assured that other developmental requests would receive due attention.
Williams and the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Idris Musa, commended Governor Bello for his administration’s longstanding support for the program.
They also emphasized the importance of good behavior at the corps members’ primary assignments, highlighting that absenteeism from a Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) remained a serious violation that the scheme strongly discouraged, with significant disciplinary consequences.
A total of 1888 corps members, comprising 977 males and 911 females, were deployed to Kogi State.
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