In a surprising turn of events, over 800 corps members from the 2023 Batch B Stream 1, who were posted to Benue State for their mandatory one-year service by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have applied for redeployment out of the state. This revelation was made by the state governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, during the closing ceremony of the orientation course held at the NYSC Camp in Wannune, Tarka Local Government Area.
Responding to the concerning situation, Governor Alia announced an unprecedented monthly stipend of N15,000 for each corps member serving in the state. Additionally, medical doctors among them would receive N100,000 each as part of the new welfare package.
Following the governor’s announcement, the NYSC office reported a significant surge in the number of corps members withdrawing their redeployment forms. Prior to this development, corps members serving in Benue State did not receive any financial support from the state government.
Outlining his commitment to providing a conducive environment for the corps members, Governor Alia urged them to embrace their roles as agents of positive change, emphasizing the importance of integrity, innovation, and compassion in their service.
The Benue State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Abe Ashumate, expressed gratitude to the governor for prioritizing the welfare of the corps members and cautioned them against engaging in risky behaviors that could jeopardize their safety during their service year.
The situation in Benue State highlights the challenges faced by corps members during their service and underscores the importance of government support in facilitating a successful and fulfilling NYSC experience.