The Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development, has on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to increase the daily feeding allowance of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members from its current N600 per person, to N1,000, arguing that Prisoners convicted of crimes cannot be receiving a daily feeding allowance higher than Corps members, Page 36 learnt.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, made the call while presenting his Panel report on the 2022 budget to the Appropriations Committee.
The Senate Committee on Interior had last month, increased the daily feeding allowance of the Nigerian Correctional Service inmates from N450 per person, to a minimum of N1,000 per day.
Senator Ogba said: “It is appalling that Prisoners who have committed crimes are enjoying more than the youth corps members who are serving the country.
“The Prisoners should not be taking more than the youth corps members, because the feeding allowance for corps members is N600 per person a day, while that of a Prisoner is N1,000.
“You and I will agree that this is not the right thing. I am only appealing to the Executive and the Legislature to do something about the youth corps members, by increasing their daily feeding allowance from 600 to N1,000, and the quality of their uniform.
“Something needs to be done, because the budget cannot take both the Ministry of Youths and Sports and the youths anywhere.”
Contributing, Senator Smart Adeyemi stated that increasing the feeding cost of NYSC members has become necessary, for them to be patriotic.
His words: “If the corps members are not well fed, it will be difficult for them to be patriotic.”