A mild drama played out on Wednesday in Kano State as Batch A stream 2 National Youth Service Corps members in Karaye staged a protest over unpaid allowances, which disrupted their Passing Out Parade, POP.
The protesters disrupted the passing-out parade attended by the state Commissioner of Information, Moh’d Garba.
The corps members lamented they were yet to receive their first allowance which is usually paid before the end of every orientation camp.
The protesters welcomed the Commissioner and state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Abdullai Yusuf Baba, with chants: “Hey hey yawah go dey. Hey hey yawah go dey if allowee no pay, yawah go dey.”
While they demanded the payment of their allowances, the coordinator said the corps members should have received their first payment alerts either at 4 PM on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.
All attempts by Garba to calm down the crowd were abortive as parade attendees began to leave the parade grounds.
Abdullahi, however, promised to pay the corps members their allowances in cash before leaving the camp.
Reports say the protest lasted over three hours before NYSC employees eventually brought the money from the bank to pay the corps members in cash.
Speaking on the arrival of the allowance, the Commissioner commended the corps members for not allowing the protest to result into crisis.
He said, “I will not condemn you for expressing your displeasure. I know we are passing through a tense economic situation,” Garba added.