The Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development has sought an increase of the daily feeding allowance of National Youth Service Corps members from N600 per person to N1,000.
The committee chairman, Obinna Ogba, spoke on Tuesday while presenting his panel report on 2022 budget to the Appropriations Committee.
The Senate Committee on Interior had last month increased the daily feeding allowance of the Nigerian Correctional Service’s inmates from N450 per person to minimum of N1,000 per day.
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Senator Ogba said: “It’s appalling that prisoners who have committed crimes are enjoying more than the youth corps members who are serving the country.
“The prisoners should not be taking more than the youth corps members, because the feeding allowance for corpers is N600 per person a day while that of a prisoner is N1000.
“You and I’ll agree that this is not the right thing. I’m only appealing to the executive and the legislature to do something about the youth corps members by increasing their daily feeding allowance from N600 to N1,000 and the quality of their uniform.”
Senator Smart Adeyemi said: “If the corps members are not well fed, it’ll be difficult for them to be patriotic”.