The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said some employers use corps members posted to their organisations as slaves.
The Osun State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, who said this on Wednesday at the opening of the 2018 NYSC/Corps Employers workshop in Osogbo, said this was unfortunate because it would not make the affected corps members to give their best.
According to him, some of the corps members’ employers do not pay them any allowance, saying the N19,800 allowance being paid them by the Federal Government was not adequate to feed, provide accommodation and transport them to work in a month.
He said, “Some of the corpers’ employers use the corps members as salves. They don’t pay most of these corps members any allowance. They believe that the Federal Government is paying them and that is okay for them.
” The N19,800 allowance the Federal Government is paying them is not enough to feed, transport them to and from their places of primary assignment and to rent a good accommodation.
“We need to treat them better and this will motivate them to also give their best.
” Corpers’ employers, by extant law, have the responsibility of providing transportation from the orientation camp for members posted to them, providing a convenient accommodation or money in lieu of, considering the fact that most of these corps members are in unfamiliar terrain.”
Attah said it was the duty of the corpers’ employers to provide other basic welfare packages and ensure the safety of the corps members posted to them.