#News: House Of Reps Direct NYSC To Suspend N4000 Online Registration Fee


The House of Representatives yesterday directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to suspend forthwith its policy requiring prospective corps members to pay N4,000 as registration fee before accessing their call-up letters, AIT reports.

Hon. Hassan Saleh (PDP, Benue) prompted the motion and also called for a probe into the alleged fee.

Hon. Saleh expressed concern on the recent public announcements.

“With effect from 2015, corps members will be required to register online with a fee of N4,000 to be able to access their call-up letters as an alternative to their having to go to their various schools to collect the letters.”

“As laudable as the idea of sending call-up letters through the internet may be, the decision requiring fresh graduates to cough out N4,000 to access letters appears insensitive and exploitative,” He said.

He prayed the House to mandate the committees on youth development and justice to investigate the appropriateness or otherwise of this “money-for-call-up letter policy” and report back within one month.

However, Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, upon a petition by Hon. Uzo Azubuike (PDP, Abia) that the public petitions’ committee he chairs was already working on the matter, ruled that committee on youth development and the sponsor of the motion be invited to be part of the panel that will conduct a session on the matter.

There had been criticisms against the N4,000 fee but the NYSC had risen to its defence, saying the computerization would ease the rigorous processes involved in the collection of call-up letters.

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