Members of 2012 Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Nasarawa on Wednesday protested the non-payment of their one year allowances by the state.
They completely blocked the Keffi-Abuja expressway as they took to the street carrying planks and leaves.
It was gathered that the Youth Corpers had been promised to receive their allowance on two installments but none had been paid. They complained of not being compensated at their various places of primary assignments.
The same thing happened with previous batches. The most recent was that of batch A that passed out barely four months ago and it was said to be a worse event because all Corps members gathered at the state capital Lafia and it took the effort of the Governor of the state Alhaji Tanko Almaku to calm the situation.
In an attempt to calm the angry corps members, Keffi local government council chairman reassured them that their state allowance was ready but only delayed. He pleaded with them to leave the expressway and retire to the Area Council where they would be attended to.
Refusing to be named, a corps member said: ”the state government should be proactive in their planning. This is because most corps members have already planned to travel immediately after their passing out parade (POP) but the delay in the payment has completely distorted their plans. Besides, the heavy traffic jam caused repeatedly by this ugly event is of no good report”.