The disclosure was made in a leaked internal memo dated 4th October, 2016 and sent to all heads of departments of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
The memo signed by Mrs Ifeoma Egboka, office of the Dean of Students Affairs, said NYSC explained that the slash was as a result of “tight budgetary allocation of the Scheme”.
It therefore asked the HODs to “work out the percentage of the number 894 (total) for each department”, as against the initial 2,314.
The development may not be unconnected with the economic recession.
Last month, media and publicity director, NYSC, confirmed that the organisation was in need of funds.
Aderibigbe said that the N10, 500, as budgeted by the government for corp members’ kits, was no longer enough.
See the memo below: