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Niger to kick off construction of N15bn NYSC orientation camp, awards N200, 000 bonus to corps members 

 

The Niger state government is to commence the construction of a N15 billion National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in the state.

The state governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, who announced this Tuesday while declaring open the 2024 Batch B orientation at Paiko camp also disclosed the award of N200, 000 bonus to all the corps members serving in the state. 

Addressing the parade of the NYSC members, Farmer Governor Bago invited them to join his agricultural revolution in state by getting employment with the Niger Foods Ltd, adding: “Those of you who would be employed will be paid N500,000 monthly.  It is better to join us than to be looking for government employment of N60, 000 monthly salaries.”

The governor directed that 20 cows and a trailer load of rice be made available at the NYSC camp to ensure adequate feeding of corps members during the three weeks orientation exercise. 

In a remark, the Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Ibrahim, said 5,000 NYSC members were to benefit N10 million grants each from the federal government entrepreneurial scheme.

According to her, “The ministry has gone into partnership with the Niger state government in food production towards ensuring food security in the country.

“In May this year, we announced a groundbreaking initiative to empower at least 5,000 NYSC members with up to ten million naira each for entrepreneurial ventures upon completion of their service.”..

She explained that in line with this, significant reforms to the NYSC programme were being introduced, integrating skills development and entrepreneurship into corps members service year. 

 

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