The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-General Johnson Olawumi, told the house of Representatives yesterday, Wednesday that the controversial N4,000 they charge corps members for call-up letters would remain optional.
He also said the fee was strictly for the printing of the call-up letters and not for accessing the online portal of the agency.
Sepaking at the hearing of a petition on the matter by the House Committee on Public Petitions, Brig-Gen. Johnson O. claimed that the agency opted for the online portal owing to growing cases of fake call-up letters flooding the society.
The DG told the committee that the policy resulting a Private Partnership which started in 2013 after Sigma, the partner, emerged as the preferred bidder from a list of 49 firms.
The DG explained: “Corps members are supposed to pay more than N4,000 and we want the process to be optional.
“It is an optional thing and the process will remain optional as far as the agreement subsists with Sigma.
“Even if the price crashes to N100, it will continue to remain optional.”
He added that at the close of portal, 124, 831 corps members had registered online.
However, he stated that only 23, 211 paid for the printing of the letters.