Nigeria: NYSC members voice concerns over high food prices in camps

Nigeria: NYSC members voice concerns over high food prices in camps

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The 2024 Batch A, Stream 1 National Youth Service Corp members who commenced service this February have raised concerns about the soaring food prices in the Mammy market, a staple in every NYSC camp for those who cannot endure the queues for camp-provided meals.

One Corp member, Jefferson, at the Bauchi NYSC Camp, shared on TikTok that the exorbitant costs in Mammy markets have led nearly all Corp members to opt for camp-provided meals.

He explained, “The prices in the Mammy markets are unaffordable. Those who brought thousands to the camp have exhausted their funds within two days. Now, food is scarce for all of us. We even fight to be in the queue and receive very little food.”

Another Corp member in the southern region mentioned that the camp coordinator advised Corp members not to rely on camp food, as it is not supposed to be sufficient for everyone. She said, “Our camp coordinator even told us to consider leaving the camp because the camp cannot feed everyone.”

The National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, mobilized Corp members for service on February 13, 2024, for Batch A Stream 1. Corp members mobilized are expected to spend three weeks in their respective states of deployment.

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