Senate Makes Move For FG To Increase Daily Feeding Allowance Of NYSC Members

The Senate has urged the Federal government to increase the daily feeding allowance that is being paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), given the contribution of corps members to national development.

Speaking Tuesday in Abuja when he submitted the committee’s 2022 budget defence report of Ministry of Sports and Youth Development to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi Central, said that it was worrisome that Corps members, who devote their talents, skills in the service of the nation for one year were been paid a mere N600 as daily meal allowance as against the payment of N1,000 daily meal allowance to prisoners by the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Senator Ogba who decried the decreasing yearly budgetary allocations to the ministry called for increased allocation of funds in its 2022 budget, given the importance of sports to youth development, said that adequate fund was required to drive sports development, which ultimately would drive the development of youths and the economy at large.

According to him, it was the responsibility of the government to provide enabling environment such as security, sports Infrastructure, like adequate stadia to attract investors and drive investment in the sports industry, adding, “Money is required for the development of sports in the country.”

Ogba who noted that it was important for seriousness to be paid to the development of the youths, however, decried that a paltry N5 billion which was budgeted in the ministries’ 2022 capital expenditure was grossly inadequate for sports development and mobilisation of the youths into sporting activities.


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