Nigerian student bodies have rejected the "exploitative" N4000 call-up letter fee proposed by the NYSC for prospective corp members
Two national student bodies, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the National Association of Polytechnics Students (NAPS) have kicked against the N4,000 call-up letter fee planned by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The NYSC had announced a compulsory N400 online registration fee for all prospective corp members, starting from starting with the next batch, which would allow them access their call-up letters via the Internet.
The Corp's Director of Corps Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, explained that the new process would make the mobilisation process easier and save the prospective corp members a lot of stress, Punch reports.
“Before orientation, every prospective corps member has to pass through a long process, including travelling to collect call-up letters," Ani was quoted as saying said.
Sometimes many corps members have died while travelling to get their call-up letters and, most times, school officials may not be there.
But the NANS has kicked against the charge which it describes as an exploitative move from which the NYSC could get up to N1.2bn annually
It's South-West Public Relations Officer, Jeremiah Olatinwo, said the idea of a "price tag" is unacceptable.
“The clandestine and venal method of extortion by the management of the National Youth Service Corps has come to our notice. The mandatory youth service is a call for service to our nation; hence, there should not be price tag to obtaining the call-up letters. It must remain free.
“Enforcement of a non-refundable fee of N4, 000 for NYSC call-up letters is barbaric and is nothing but a path strewn with thorns.
"NANS, therefore, demands that the fee be suspended.”
NANS is not alone in rejecting the move as NAPS Senate President, Lukman Salaudeen, also called for a reversal.
“NAPS Senate rejects the introduction of payment for printing call-up letters for prospective corps members by the NYSC authority. It, therefore, calls for the reversal of the policy with immediate effect.”
The proposed charge has already been heavily criticized in the media.