President Muhammadu Buhari says some Lagosians living in Victoria Island have never visited Ikeja.
The president spoke while receiving delegates of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
In a statement, Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, said the corps members, who were led by Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, and Ibrahim Shehu, director-general of the NYSC, came to thank the president for increasing their monthly allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.
Buhari commended Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state, for introducing the NYSC as a means of uniting the people.
He said the scheme has made youth to know the country better and understand other cultures, adding that Lagosians who have never visited Ikeja can find themselves in Daura, Katsina.
“People come from far and wide; some from Victoria Island in Lagos have not even been to Ikeja. They now find themselves in Daura and other parts of the country,” he said.
“Whenever I go to my town, I get in touch with corps members; some of them from Lagos, some from Port Harcourt.”
The corps members had commenced receiving N33,000 in January.
The federal government said the development is in line with the new national minimum wage of N30,000 which Buhari signed into law in April.