The 2016 Batch A, Stream Two Corps members deployed to Kano State on Wednesday embarked on a peaceful protest over the non-payment of their monthly allowances.
The protest disrupted the passing out parade of the Corps members after their three-week long orientation course, as they insisted on collecting their allowances before the commencement of the programme.
However, repeated efforts by the Brigade Commander, as well as security agents to pacify the corps members failed just as they stressed that it is only Kano NYSC that refused to pay their allowances.
According to them, they do not know their fate at the end of the programme, as most of them are due to relocate this Wednesday without any money for their transportation.
Despite the intervention of the Kano State Commissioner of Information, Comrade Mohammed Garba, who represented Kano State Governor, Dr Abduallahi Umar Ganduje, on the occasion, representative of Kano Emirate Council and other dignitaries remained stranded as they failed to calm the corps members.
Mr. Garba was welcomed to the ceremony by corps members chanting, “Hey hey yawah go dey. Hey hey yawah go dey if allowee no pay, yawah go dey.”
In an effort to assuage the protesters, Mr. Abdullahi promised to pay the corps members their allowances in cash before leaving the camp.
The protest lasted over three hours before NYSC employees eventually brought the money from the bank to pay the corps members their allowances.
Speaking on the arrival of the allowance, Mr. Garba commended the corps members for not allowing the protest to devolve into a crisis.
“I will not condemn you for expressing your displeasure. I know we are passing through a tense economic situation,” he told the protesters.