Minister for Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has said a revised allowance for serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was before President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
Dare spoke during the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of NYSC on Monday in Abuja
The Minister said the scheme was looking at increasing the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme throughout the service year.
He said the committee would make recommendations on reforms and improvements not just for the welfare but on the running of the NYSC scheme.
He said: “The allowances of our youth corps members have been increased from N19,000 to N33,000; that is even above the minimum wage. And that is part of their welfare.
“As we speak, the NYSC under the DG and the management staff has sent forth a proposal to improve on their uniform, to increase their different allowances and that is already with the president.
“If that gets the approval that is necessary; even SAED training will go beyond just three weeks and would be through the entire youth service. So those are the areas that are covered.”