President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday praised the concept of national integration which the National Youth Service Corps scheme has helped the nation to achieve, as it has become a strong uniting force among Nigerian youths.
President Buhari made the statement at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while receiving the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and the Director-General of the NYSC in Abuja.
The DG, NYSC, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shehu was also in company of some Corp members who came to thank the President for increasing their monthly allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.
Buhari lauded the initiators of the scheme, especially former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, for introducing the NYSC as an avenue for people to know the country better.
Recall that the Federal Government recently raised the Corp members' allowance by N13,200 and commenced payment in January this year. Reason for the raise was to bring the allowance to be in the same threshold with the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000.
The President cited an instance with Lagos, where he said there were people living on Victoria Island, who had never visited Ikeja.
“People come from far and wide; some from Victoria Island in Lagos have not even been to Ikeja. They now find themselves in Daura and other parts of the country," he said.
He also added, “Whenever I go to my town, I get in touch with corps members; some of them from Lagos, some from Port Harcourt.”
Meanwhile, Mr Femi Adeshina, the President's media aide, in a statement, said four corps members represented their colleagues across the country on the delegation.
He stated that the Corp members expressed their “deepest gratitude” to Buhari for raising their monthly allowance.