The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has dismissed claims that it diverted funds meant for payment of corps members’ February allowance to fight coronavirus.
Recently social media was abuzz with unfounded reports that the government had plans to use some parts of allowance meant for corp members to set up preventive measures for their safety.
However, in a statement issued on Tuesday by Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC press and PR director, it described the news as a “mischievous fabrication” that did not come from the director-general’s office as claimed.
“The attention of the NYSC has been drawn to an announcement purported to have been issued by the director-general to the effect that the February allowance of corps members had been channelled towards the fight against Coronavirus,” the statement read.
“Every discerning mind knows that the press release is not true and can never be issued by the NYSC DG. For all intents and purposes, the false representation by the fabricators of that mischievous post smacks of insensitivity. A global issue such as the coronavirus which represents a threat to humanity should not be reduced to an object of joke.
“While urging corps members to disregard the ill-conceived post, the management strongly admonishes mischief-makers to desist from generating and circulating false stories about the scheme. The full weight of the law shall be visited on anyone caught in the act henceforth.”