Some Lagos Residents In Victoria Island Have Not Been To Ikeja – Buhari

NYSC: Corps Members Visit Buhari Over N33,000 Allowance

Some corp members presenting President Muhammadu Bihari with a card. Image credit: State House

Some Lagos residents who live in Victoria Island have never visited Ikeja, the state capital, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

Concise News reports that the president made this known while receiving delegates of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

He also commended the former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, for introducing the NYSC as a means of uniting Nigeria.

He described the scheme as a laudable one that needs to be sustained as it affords the opportunity for Nigerian youths to understand the country better.

“Whenever I meet General Gowon up till today, I thank him for initiating the NYSC. It is nationalist and patriotic thinking that led to the development of the scheme,” he added

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, the President noted that the scheme has made the youth to know their country better and understand other cultures, adding that Lagosians who have never visited Ikeja can find themselves in other parts of the country.

“People come from far and wide; some from Victoria Island in Lagos have not even been to Ikeja. They now find themselves in Daura and other parts of the country. Whenever I go to my town, I get in touch with members; some of them from Lagos, some from Port Harcourt,” he stated.

In the statement by the president’s spokesman, the corps members, who were led by Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, and Ibrahim Shehu, director-general of the NYSC, came to thank the president for increasing their monthly allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.

According to them, “the implementation in January, when we least expected it brought tears of joy to us as we had doubts of the promises earlier made.”

“You have demonstrated that you are a loving and caring father committed to the welfare of his children,” they added.

They also reiterated their commitment to do their best during their period in the scheme.

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