The Aminu-Tambuwal-led government of Sokoto State has been owing members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) their allowances for the past seven months, protesters say.
The said failure of the government to pay the N5,000 monthly allowance has forced corps members into the streets.
The protesting NYSC members said they were paid once since the beginning of their service in November 2019.
The government, they alleged, refused to grant them audience when they sought clarity on why their allowances were withheld.
“The law provides among other entitlements of the corps members a monthly upkeep allowance of N5000 only and the security of all corps members deployed to Sokoto State,” the NYSC said in an open petition to the government.
“Accordingly, you may wish to be informed that since the beginning of our service here in Sokoto State on the 5th November, 2019, batch Cl and C2 were only paid the monthly allowance for the month of June while the other months have been left unpaid.
“As the law provides, the upkeep allowance is not in the category of privileges that can be truncated without any justifiable reason.
“Hence, the need to kindly request you to direct the settlement of the total backlog of the upkeep allowance as provided by the law,” the letter reads.
See the letter below: