Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the Federal Ministry of Youth Development under the leadership of Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi may have begun exhibiting symptoms of mismanagement of financial resources available to the Ministry. This is as the Ministry charged with the responsibility of disbursement of NYSC allowances to corpers across the nation failed to make available the said monies to the youth corpers for the month of April 2012.
As gathered through independent inquiry, the youth corpers staged in Kaduna, Zamfara, Oyo, Lagos confirmed to our correspondent that they have yet to receive their April 2012 allowance as of May 22, 2012. The corpers who have become agitated and visibly angry indicated that they find themselves helpless to the situation – as the representatives of the Ministry of Youth Development had warned the corpers not to talk to the media – or table their grieviance to any channel other than the Ministry of Youth Development.
The delayed allowance, it is feared may be symptomatic of a larger problem within the Ministry of Youth Development. It remains uncertain. When our correspondent attempted to the the media aides to the Minister – they did not answer their calls or text messages.
This is appalling. However, this should also serve as a form of wake-up call to Nigerian Youth Corpers. The government will never be cash strapped when it comes to paying politicians’ salaries. Nobody really cares about corpers after all. The NYSC is just another device to siphon public funds. I was writing a feature article on unemployment in Nigeria and I needed information on the population of corpers deployed on a yearly basis. I visited the Mobilisation Office @ the National Secretariat of NYSC for this information but no one was able to provide it. Were they hiding something? I guess nobody wanted to be quoted giving any figure in particular. And that was supposed to be the Mobilisation Office? No figures? No accountability? No credibility? Highly suspicious! I wonder how many ghost corpers there are too. How many corpers is the government really responsible for? Do I smell someone tampering with figures? All these questions, and still no answers? God Bless Nigeria!