The State Accountant of NYSC Ondo State Secretariat, Mrs. Folashade Lasaki has asserted that corps members should not expect the Scheme to pay them allowance they do not work for.
Mrs. Lasaki made the assertion when she exposed the operations of the Accounts Branch to the 2021 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko.
The Head, Account Branch said that corps members are expected to earn their allowance just like the public servants draw their monthly emoluments from the Government.
“Receiving your allowance at end of each month is predicated or justified by your fulfillment of conditions attached to such payment and this includes punctuality and regularly going to work at your various places of primary assignment”.
Other requirements, according to the certified Accountant which must be fulfilled are, creditably performing all the assigned duties and responsibilities at the workplace as well as submission of monthly performance clearance duly endorsed by their respective employers.
“You must be disciplined at your places of primary assignment because any negative comments or reports about you from your employer will force the NYSC management to sanction you in line with the provision of the NYSC Act and the Bye-Laws”.
As ambassadors of the noble Scheme, it is expected that you will contribute meaningfully to the overall growth of the business of your employers and not retard its progress by your actions and inactions” she said.
The Accountant admonished the graduate youths to seek information or clarification pertaining to the opening and maintenance of accounts that they would use throughout the service year.
“Some of you are in the habit of not giving correct and accurate information when such is needed but you turn around to accuse NYSC of not granting you listening ears whenever there are challenges. We are paid to look after the corps members and support you”.
“However, I need to say this, majority of corps members who have one challenge or the other lack manner of approach and presentation, and have the erroneous impression that we want to ‘eat’ their money, forgetting that it takes little time and patience to sort out the classified and documentary issue on corps members’ allowance”.
Mrs. Lasaki appealed to corps members who have issues, to reach the Account Branch through their Local Government Inspectors or call the dedicated line in the orientation service guide and endeavour to present the facts of the case as this will assist the management to resolve the matter promptly.
“We are well organised in NYSC and I want to admonish you to be meticulous when releasing required information because a mistake in either the ten digits Nigerian Uniform Bank Account Number (NUBAN) details or Bank Verification Number (BVN) may result in your allowance not to be paid as and when due”.
“I charge you today not to divulge or release your bank account details to unauthorised persons who may have ulterior motives to defraud you or engage yourselves in financial transactions that promises to reward you with hundred percent of returns on investment” she concluded.