House Of Reps Passes 3rd Bill Seeking To Increase NYSC Allowance

The House of Representatives has on Thursday, January 14, in Abuja passed for third reading a Bill seeking an improved welfare package for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

According to Daily Post, the Bill, which seeks to amend the NYSC Act 2004, also seeks to provide mandatory life insurance to Corps members.

The Bill was sponsored by Hon Joan Mrakpor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Delta State and then was unanimously adopted by members.

If approved, the Bill would allow corps members who have acquired special business skill from the Service to have access to loan.

While he demanded the support of his colleagues in the passage of the bill, Markpor said that the essence of the Bill’s amendment was to ensure that the aim of the NYSC scheme was not defeated and it would reduce the number of graduates relying on white collar jobs in the country.

Following its passage, the House referred the Bill to the adhoc committee on constitution review for further legislative input.

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