Corps members accuse official of extortion

 National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members serving in Karu local government of Nasarawa state have alleged that the NYSC local government inspector was using the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Department, SAED, to extort them. 

The corps members who spoke under the condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized, said they have been forced to pay for skills trainings that they had not been able to attend. 

Batch A Corps members, who are due to pass-out soon, were denied final clearance on account of not paying for their SAED training, even though the training was not compulsory. 

However, it was gathered that the inspector officer forced the corps members to register for the training or forfeit their clearance for passing out of service. 

One of the corps member, who did not want her name in print, said "I already have skills in tailoring, so I did not see any need in paying to acquire new skills in cosmetology. I feel so frustrated that the inspector has refused to clear me for my passing out parade next week." 

She explained that about 53 of them had their names pasted at the NYSC local government secretariat at Ado, with the threat from the local government inspector that if they did not pay for the training, they would not be cleared. 

"When we persisted yesterday, he asked us to write undertaking that if we are cleared we must pay. The amount is N5,500, but it is difficult for some of us to raise it because we are not paid state allowance. Besides, we did training to participate in the election but some of our names were thrown out and we were not paid the training allowance. So if there is any justice in this country, we should be the ones asking to be paid," she added.

The Karu local government inspector of NYSC, Mr. James Oladele, while replying to a text message sent to his mobile phone number said he was not the trainer, explaining that some corps members with skills are also training their colleagues while others registered outside NYSC are paying triple the amount SAED trainers are charging. 

He added that "some youth corps members can be mischievous. Some of them have received training and they don't want to pay their trainers. 

"Please ask those who are raising false accusations did I force them to register for any skills? Nobody is denied clearance for whatever reason." 



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