Indications has emerged that the proposed N4, 000 to be paid by prospective corps members for printing of call-up letters online and other services including infrastructure to be deployed for the services, might be reduced subsequently.
The Director of Press and Public Relations in NYSC, Mrs. Bose Aderibigbe, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja between the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, and the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Affairs, Mr. Jude Imagwe.
Mrs Aderibgbe stated that though the reduction of the fee cannot be done immediately, it might be possible after management and the collaborating firm, Messrs SIDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited Technologies have sat down to see the possibility of the reduction.
So for now, it might not be possible but subsequent ones, if it is possible the entire public will know about it.
Speaking further, she explained: “The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Matters, Comrade Jude Imagwe, was at the NYSC headquarters to find out about the outcry of the N4,000 online registration fee. The DG told him that the N4, 000 being paid is not for call up letters, it is just the operation and provision of infrastructural facilities in all NYSC camps, 37 secretariat and the 774 local governments nationwide, to put this internet facilities and manpower for them to be able to operate easy registration of prospective corps member in each camp.”
There had been criticisms against the N4, 000 fee but the NYSC had risen to its defense, saying the computerization would ease the rigorous processes involved in the collection of call-up letters. The full computerization of the mobilization process beginning with the 2014 Batch ‘C’ mobilization exercise was endorsed at the 2014 NYSC Annual Management Conference, held in Calabar.
The Director of Corps Mobilization in the NYSC, Mr. Anthony Ani, stated that the innovation would not bring about job losses for members of staff.