The Osun State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr Emmanuel Attah, has accused some local government chairmen of withholding the imprest meant for the scheme from the state government.
Attah said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch B Stream II corps members held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede in Osun State on Thursday.
The NYSC boss called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to look into that, saying there was no reason why a council chairman would refuse to release money meant for the scheme especially when the governor had released such funds to the councils.
He said some of the council chairmen released theirs to the NYSC but some others did not, saying this was affecting the smooth running of the offices at the local government level.
He said, “Mr Governor sir, I am constrained to bring before you, the attitude of some of your local government executive chairmen.
“We are bringing the case to you to take immediate action because the NYSC is being shortchanged by these local government chairmen.
“The monthly imprest that are supposed to accrue to the NYSC local inspectors for running the offices are not being given to them.
“Why some council chairmen are remitting theirs to the scheme at the local government level, some deliberately refuse to release money which had been released by Mr Governor to cushion the hardship the scheme is going through.
“We have lost confidence in them and we are bringing it before you to take action because we can no longer bear it.”
Aregbesola in the address delivered on his behalf by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Mudasiru Hussain, urged the corps members to imbibe the spirit of service, saying that was the only way the nation could develop.
He said the swearing-in ushers them into a new phase of duty and service to their fatherland and admonished them to be the nation’s ambassadors of peace and unification.
The governor also advised them to shun get rich-quick syndrome and embrace the virtues of diligence, hard work and integrity.
He stated that the state governorship election in the state as well as the 2019 general elections was around the corner and that some of them would be part of the process.
Aregbesola, therefore, urged them to shun all forms of gratification and inducement capable of marring the credibility of the election and destroying the collaboration between the Independent National Electoral Commission and the NYSC.