The National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) has told corps members to be patient on the expected payment of N30,000 as monthly allowance.
The NYSC Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed the scheme is yet to receive any directive from the federal government on the payment of N30,000.
The NYSC boss made the disclosure during a media chat on Thursday in Abuja.
“On the minimum wage, I cannot make any pronouncement because it is ongoing. The moment it is transmitted to NYSC, we will make it known to the corps members and the general public,” he said.
He also warned those who may want to use fake certificates to get mobilized for the scheme that they risk prison terms for such action.
“Let me reiterate our warning that any person who presents fake certificate in an attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to the security agencies for prosecution. We are working on those fake corps members. They will be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
If I show you their papers, you will feel very sad. Some people have asked me if NYSC has the power to crosscheck the certification of graduates, I said no, but we have the power to ensure that unqualified Nigerians are not mobilised for service.
“The NYSC Act says unqualified Nigerians who go for service are liable for jail (term) of two years. So, the NYSC will never condone or abet illegality in any form. We want Nigerians to know that. Since inception, 4,644,804 Nigerians have participated in the scheme.”
Mr Ibrahim disclosed that 4,644,804 Nigerians had participated in the scheme since inception in 1973, adding that the scheme has fulfilled one of its main aims which is to achieve national unity and integration.
Speaking further, he said the date of birth of corp members would start appearing on discharge certificates as from the issuance of the Batch C certificates to guard against age falsification.