The House of Representatives has approved the N4,000 online registration fee levied on prospective corps members by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The decision which was announced by the House committee on youth development, Kamil Akinlabi negates the house’ initial reprimand of the fee.
Akinlabi said the fee will be used to operate the private sector driven agreement with the contractor in charge of the project expected to recoup its investements in five years.
He said the decision was approved by the bureau of public procurement with a certificate of no objection. He said: “From the onset, when the matter was brought to our attention, the first thing we felt was the way you are feeling but after constructive engagement, we discovered that it was an innovation that we can’t run from.
“First, it was not the responsibility of the NYSC to mobilise respective corps members to get their call-up letters, it is the responsibility of the parents. If somebody schooled in Lagos but lives in Kano and to get his call-up letter he has to travel to school, you discover that its time consuming, risky and very expensive.
“So what the NYSC has done is to partner with a consultant that is already handling similar projects for JAMB and WAEC that has eliminated similar risk to partner with them through a PPP arrangement. The PPP arrangement will be on Built, Operate and Transfer.
“The contractor would be responsible 100 per cent for the purchase and installation of every gadget that will be necessary to achieve that in all the 36 headquarters including FCT and in all local government headquarters as well as all orientation camps across the country.