The Osun State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, on Wednesday bemoaned the treatment of corpers as slaves by some employers.
Mr. Attah lamented the poor treatment of workers at the opening of the 2018 NYSC/Corps Employers workshop in Osogbo, saying it was unfortunate it does not encourage the affected corpers to give their best at their place of primary assignment.
Some of the corps members’ employers do not pay the corpers any allowance, adding that the N19,800 allowance being paid to them by the Federal Government was not enough to feed, provide accommodation and transport them to work in a month.
He said, “Some of the corpers’ employers use the corps members as salves. They don’t pay most of these corps members any allowance. They believe that the Federal Government is paying them and that is okay for them.
“The N19,800 allowance the Federal Government is paying them is not enough to feed, transport them to and from their places of primary assignment and to rent a good accommodation.
“We need to treat them better and this will motivate them to also give their best.
“Corpers’ employers, by extant law, have the responsibility of providing transportation from the orientation camp for members posted to them, providing a convenient accommodation or money in lieu of, considering the fact that most of these corps members are in unfamiliar terrain.”