Corps members serving in Niger state, have urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to commence the payment of their minimum wage arrears.

This was disclosed on NYSC Facebook page on Wednesday.

According to them, they are also representing other serving corps members nationwide while demanding that, the Federal Government commences the payment with immediate effect.

The statement reads in part:

"We jointly appreciate the Federal Government for making it a reality in our time, the payment of the new National Minimum Wage. We state categorically that we shall continue to discharge our duties and seek better ways of improving the wellbeing of the citizens of our country.

"However, we wish to use this medium to draw the attention of the Federal government toward the issue of payment of arrears. The bill which established the new minimum wage was signed into law since April 2019 which means payment should commence from when the bill was signed into law. It is worthy of note that all Federal workers have obtained payment in arrears whereas, Corps members are totally left behind.

"Recall that under the administration of former President Jonathan the minimum wage was reviewed as Corps members who left the service even before full implementation were all paid in arrears.

"Today we wish to know why the Federal Government kept mute over payment of Corps members arrears.

Corps members nationwide being future leaders and able youths of our great Nation deserve to know why we were left out in this issue of arrears.

"Does FG feel that paying us arrears is a waste of money? Does FG realise that paying Corps members in arrears means investing in us?

"Following the announcement of the newly approved wage of 33,000 naira for corp members by the Director General of the National youth service Corp - Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, corp members expect as follows:

1) Corp members in 2019 Batch A will earn as much as 118,800 in areas covering the period between April and December of 2019.

2) Their colleagues in 2019 Batch B stream 1 will earn an estimated amount of 105,200 within the period of June and December while those in Batch B stream 2 will look forward to receiving the sum of 66,000.

3) Also, members in 2018 Batch B streams 1 and 2, and Batch C streams 1 and 2 are expected to earn 26,400, 39,600 and 79,200, 92,400 respectively.

Finally, we call on the relevant (NYSC) authority to assist us to achieve this aim for the greater benefit of our country at large."

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