A youth political pressure group, Advocates for Collective Transformation (ACT) has described the endorsement of 4000 online registration fee for NYSC mobilization by the House of Representative as a misrepresentation and betrayal of Nigerian youths.
ACT in a
statement signed by its President, Tayo Fashogbon and National Secretary
Isaac Ifetoluwa Ajayi describe the endorsement by House Committee on
Youth Development Chairman, Hon Kamil Akinlabi despite public outcry
against the fee as ‘evil endorsement of oppression’ of young people in
the country. The group said the action signals that youths cannot be assured of quality representation from its elected lawmakers.
group said young people in the country are at greater risk with leaders
like Hon Akinlabi representing Nigerian youth interests at the
legislative chamber. "Hon. Akinlabi and his committee has swallowed the NYSC pill
to extort fresh Nigerian graduates, we wonder how it taste in their
mouths. If Nigerian youths cannot be assured of quality representation
from its elected lawmakers, our future is at greater risk. "Representative like Hon Akinlabi and his committee members
has failed promising young Nigerians who deserve better representation
at decision making process at all level of governance."
group called on the Speaker Hon. Aminu Tanbuwal to immediately disband
the committee on Youth for falling to protect the interest of Young
Nigerians. The group however insisted that it’s unfair, wicked
and satanic to monetize any process of the NYSC scheme, saying there is
no justification for the fee.
The youth group added that
arguments that the fee charged is to provide technology at all NYSC
offices across the country lacks merit, saying the NYSC has run for more
than 40 years without charging any corps member for money and the
scheme has not collapse. It maintained that the government has not says its broke to
fund the scheme noting that the scheme stills takes more than 70percent
of money allotted to the Ministry of Youths.
"We also call for immediate suspension of this fraudulent
extortion of helpless and jobless fresh graduates who are eager to serve
their fathers land. We called on President Goodluck Jonathan to
immediately stop the online fee and ensure all prospective corps members
who have been defrauded in this process are refund back their parent's
hard earn money."