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NYSC commends Sanwo-Olu over corps members’ welfare

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The National Youth Service Corps has commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the priority the state placed on the welfare of corps members in the state.

The governor had disclosed that the state approved a monthly stipend for corps members that is about three times higher than what other states pay.

The Chairman of the NYSC National Governing Board, Fatima Abubakar, gave the commendation on Monday when she led members of the board on a courtesy visit to Sanwo-Olu at the state house, in Marina, Lagos.

She said, “We are aware of what the state government has been doing for NYSC in Lagos. We have found out that Lagos is one of the most friendly states for the scheme. Our state coordinator has full access to all government stakeholders, which is the reason the scheme is being run smoothly in Lagos.

“Lagos government, without being prompted, pays quarterly subventions to the scheme in the state. This is major progress for NYSC because we know what the scheme is going through in other states. This is something unique and we convey our appreciation to the governor for this opportunity.”

In his response, Sanwo-Olu promised to continue to support the scheme to enable corps members to exhibit commitment in their assignments.

He said, “As a responsible government, we understand how critical the contributions of corps members are to accelerate development in communities across the state. Beyond being graduates serving their country, they are also the leaders we will be passing the baton of leadership to in not too distant future. As such, we see corps members as part of those we need to help develop and take their comfort as our responsibilities.

“While we cannot carry the burden of the whole country, whoever gets posted to undertake the national youth service in Lagos will have the best of their time. We are happy that our modest contributions have been acknowledged by the NYSC and appreciated. We will continue to support the scheme to ensure corps members reflect a high sense of commitment and responsibility in assignments they take up.”

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