It was dramatic on Wednesday in Kano State when “Batch ‘A’ Stream 2” National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Karaye staged a protest over unpaid allowances, which disrupted their Passing-Out Parade (POP).
The protesters disrupted the parade, which was attended by the state Commissioner of Information, Moh’d Garba. Corps members went aggressive – for their inability to receive their first allowances, which are usually paid at the end of every orientation camp.
The protesters welcomed the Commissioner and State NYSC Coordinator, Malam Abdullahi Yusuf Baba, with slogans such as: “Hey hey, yawah go dey,” “Hey hey, yawah go dey; if allowee no pay, yawah go dey.”
While they demanded for the payment of their allowances, the coordinator said the corps members should have received their first payment alerts either at 4pm on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, all attempts by the commissioner to calm down the crowd proved abortive, as the parade attendees began to leave the parade ground. Abdullahi Baba, however, promised to pay the corps members their allowances in cash before leaving the camp.
Eyewitness said the protest lasted over three hours before NYSC employees eventually brought the money from the bank to pay the corps members in cash. Speaking on the arrival of the allowance, the commissioner commended the corps members for not allowing the protest to result into crisis. He said, “I will not condemn you for expressing your displeasure. I know we are passing through a tense economic situation,” Garba added.