• Stakeholders Wants NYSC Online Registration Fee Abolished

    A cross section of parents and prospective corps members have called for an outright cancellation of the National Youth Service Corps online registration fee introduced this year.

    The stakeholders who made the demand in Abuja on Monday, said that the online registration fee was too exorbitant for prospective corps members to bear

    They also said the increasing economic hardship in the country and other socio-economic factors should be put into consideration by the appropriate authorities.

    Mr Jonah Ugwu, a parent resident in the FCT, said the idea of making NYSC mobilisation electronic compliant was a good one, but noted that it was ill-conceived.

    He said the initiators of the policy did not consider a lot of factors before coming up with the cost and other logistics for the new method of mobilisation and registration.

    Mr Dairus Akaleku, also a parent, decried the measure adopted by the NYSC to introduce the new system of registration.

    He said the entire process has been marred by the high charges fixed for the exercise.

    According to Akaleku, the online registration is a good initiative, but frowned at the high fee as the same result could be achieved at a cheaper rate.

    Akaleku advised the NYSC management to reverse the fee to N500 or at most N1,000 to enable all prospective corps members buy into the new method.

    A prospective corps member resident in the FCT, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the idea of online registration was novel and better than the manual method but he could not afford the said amount for his call up letter.

    He appealed to the authorities to make it free for all prospective corps members.

    Another prospective corps member, who also did not want her name mentioned, wondered why government could not make adequate provision for the new initiative.

    She said the NYSC management could liaise with the mobilising institutions to get the needed data about the graduating students and feed same to the NYSC for the electronic registration.

    It will be recalled that the NYSC stakeholders’ conference endorsed the online registration process at its end of year meeting, but suggested a downward review of the cost. (NAN)

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