Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have protested on the streets of Yola, the Adamawa State capital, over the delay by the state government to pay their supplementary allowances.
The corps members barricaded the road leading to the private residence of the state Governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako, demanding the payment of their allowances.
Under the state government policy, the Adamawa State Post-primary School Board pays N2, 000 to each corps member posted to the board to augment their monthly stipend from the federal government, as an incentive to encourage them take up postings to schools in the rural area.
However, the Batch “A” NYSC members, who passed out yesterday and had served with the board resorted to protest to make the government pay them their accumulated allowance of N22, 000 each.
They also marched on the board’s headquarters in Yola and held the workers hostage for several hours during the protest.
A team of riot policemen was drafted to the scene to restore order as the corps members ignored pleadings to leave the place, insisting that they would not go until they were paid their allowances.
Some of the protesters told journalists that most of them served in villages and with their discharge from the NYSC, they were stranded in Yola as they had expected that they would get the money Thursday.
They carried placards with inscriptions “Pay Us Our Money”, “We No Go Gree O”, “Stop Eating Our Money”
One of the protesting corps members, Ajiboye Tajudeen, said: “When we got our posting to the post-primary school board, we were told that they would pay at the end of our service year. Now today (yesterday), we are through nobody has come to tell us why we have not got our N22, 000.
“Instead of coming out to address us, the Executive Secretary of the board, Ayuba Njjodi, took to his heels.”
However, when contacted on his mobile phone, Njjodi, said he had to flee for his life in a bid to escape a mob attack, adding: “as I speak with you now, I am with the secretary to the state government over the issue.”
He however denied that he had collected the corps members’ allowances.
As the time of filing this report, all efforts by security operatives to make the corps members remove the barricade failed.