The appeal of the Ondo State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps to the state government on payment of allowances to the corps members did not come to many as a surprise.

In the last seven years, corp members posted to the state allegedly did not receive a dime officially from the state government.

Nwankwo Jude, an outgoing corps member who served in one of the state ministries confirmed that he did not receive any sum from during his service year.

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"Neither I nor any of my colleagues got anything from the government during our time. When we asked, our supervisor in the ministry where we worked, told us the government did not make provision for that in the budget, so we rested the case."

While speaking at the swearing-in-ceremony for the 2018/2019 batch A stream one corps members at the permanent orientation camp in Ikare Akoko area of Ondo State, the State coordinator, Mrs Grace Akpabio made the appeal to the government.

"Am using this medium to appeal to the state government to consider these corps members for monthly stipends for transports and accommodation. If this is done, am certain that the economic hardship their service year may bring upon them will be reduced to a barest minimum."

Addressing the new corp members, the state governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye simply ignored the plea but promised them a conducive atmosphere.

Every attempt to get his response to the plea proved abortive.

However, one of the new corp members who spoke with Bounce News on the condition of anonymity condemned the decision on the part of the state government.

"I want to believe it is a deliberate attempt by the government to deny us of our right. If they were ready to pay us allowance, they would have declared it right from here. It is highly discouraging", he said.

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