By Precious Ukeje and Alexander Adejoh
Members of the National Youth Service Corps, Anambra State, have expressed delight over the current raise in their monthly allowance, indicating the dawn of the new national minimum wage as promised by the Federal Government.
Fides gathered that the corps members, recently, upon reception of alerts, were thrown into euphoria, with some of them going into a spending spree.
Some of the corps members who spoke to Fides described the time of payment as a good time to be alive and also to be a corps member.
According to Esther Oluremi, a corps member serving with Federal Radio Corporation, Mgbakwu, the allowance came at the right time, when it solved problems for her. She expressed happiness that the Federal Government fulfilled their promise.
‘I want to commend the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for implementing the minimum wage as this would enable us to save more money to develop our entrepreneurial skills acquired in the Camp,’ Esther said, urging the government to ensure that arrears were duly paid.
However, another corps member serving at Kenneth Dike Secondary School, Adejumoke Alebiosu, said she was not exceptionally excited as the extra N13, 000 was just a meagre amount of money.
Alebiosu said that the implementation of the minimum wage would now make things expensive and expose corps members to excess responsibilities as she narrated the situation of friends and relatives already calling to make demands for their financial needs.
Meanwhile, a corps member serving at Community Secondary School, Umuokpu, Ndifreke Titus, took to her Facebook page and urged other corps members not to waste their allowance because it had been increased.
She charged them to maintain the plans they had before the allowance arrived, such as saving and being self-employed after the service year.