The House of Representatives has said it will probe the alleged N4, 000 to be collected by the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as registration fee from prospective corps members.
The House also urged NYSC to suspend forthwith the policy requiring prospective corps members to pay the amount with effect from 2015 before accessing their call-up letters.
In a motion, sponsored by Rep Hassan Saleh (PDP, Benue), expressed concern that “recent advertorials in some national newspapers that 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.”
He said “as laudable as the idea of sending call-up letters though the internet may be, the decision requiring fresh graduates to cough out N4, 000 to access letters appears insensitive and exploitative.”
However, just as Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha was about calling for voice vote on the matter, Rep UzoAzubuike (PDP, Abia) came up with a Point of Order, saying the public petitions’ committee which he chairs was already on the matter.
After this observation, Ihedioha called on chairman Rules and Business Committee,Rep. Albert Tanimu Sam-Tsokwa to guide the House.
Sam-Tsokwa explained that since the public petitions’ committee had began investigating the matter, the honourable thing to do was for the motion to be withdrawn.
Ihedioha, therefore, 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.