Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, said government will commence payment of all outstanding state allowances owed corps members in the state by the end of August 2018.
Al-Makura made this known yesterday at the Magaji Dan Yamusa Orientation camp in Keffi, during the closing ceremony of the orientation exercise for the 2018 Batch B Stream I corps deployed to the state.
It would be recalled that corps members in the state are been owed their state allowances prompting an appeal by the NYSC management during the swearing in ceremony three weeks ago.
Al-Makura, represented by his Deputy, Silas Ali Agara, said the calls for the payment of the allowances had reached the state government whom according to him will commence payment of all allowances owed corps members who served and currently serving in the state before the end of August.
“Let me use this opportunity to address the challenges our corps members – those that have served and those currently serving have gone through. It has come to government’s attention that corps members allowances are not bbeing paid as at when due. Some have not been paid at all.
“We have taken proactive measures to ensure that all corps members affected are paid as at when due from this August. So I want to assure you all that as you go to resume in your host communities, your allowances will reach before the end of this month,” he said.
Al-Makura explained that to facilitate the payments and other issues concerning corps members, a Special Adviser to the governor has been appointed to liaise with NYSC management in the state on how to facilitate the allowances and communicate on other welfare of corps members.
The governor, however,called on corps members to explore the diverse agricultural potentials in the state so as to have an alternative means of livelihood, contribute to the development of host communities and key into government’s commitment geared towards stimulating the agricultural sector with a view to diversifying the country’s economy.
“As you are posted to your various places of primary assignments, I call on you to use the opportunity to utilize these natural resources as a means for providing for yourselves alternative means of livelihood for self reliance,” he said.