The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned prospective Corps Members with fake credentials to stay off its Orientation Camps across the country as the scheme gets set for the 2020 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Camp.
It added that anyone caught, especially graduates from the Universities in West African sub-region with the intent to undermine the integrity of its mobilization process with fake certificates would be arrested and prosecuted.
The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim gave this warning in his office in Abuja. He said that the NYSC Scheme had put necessary mechanism in place to curb the enrollment of fake graduates for the Orientation course, and would continue working diligently in that direction.
The DG noted that the Scheme had made tremendous achievements in the fight against unqualified graduates who try to infiltrate the Scheme. Ibrahim added that during the 2019 Batch ‘C’ online registration, over twenty thousand foreign – trained Nigerians uploaded their results online, however, during the physical verification exercise, just 3,420 showed up, having been forewarned that anyone caught with fake certificate would be prosecuted.
He added that the Scheme recently had a meeting with the Registrars and Student Affairs Officers of some African Universities and read the riot act to them, including the Vice-Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of Corps-producing institutions in the country on the need to sanitize the mobilization process.
“The NYSC alone cannot do it, we need other stakeholders to assist us and we have started the process and l am sure things are getting better”.
“I want to appeal to our youths to do the right thing and not to cut corners in whatever they do in life, because there is always reward for hard work”, he added.
The NYSC boss appealed to members of the public not to fall prey to the antics of online scammers that promise preferential deployment, internal posting, relocation and other services for a fee.
He urged them to always visit the Scheme’s website and NYSC State Secretariats nationwide to make enquires on issues concerning the Scheme instead of falling victim to the fraudsters.
Speaking further, the DG added that no Corps member would be deployed to any State where there is serious security challenge, while equally advising Corps members not to endanger themselves through risky adventures and unauthorized journeys.
He charged them to be security conscious at all times. He also admonished them to board vehicles from only authorized motor parks and not by the roadside. He counseled that they should resist the temptation of free rides, especially from strangers.
General Ibrahim hinted that plans were underway to turn the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) centre in Gombe into a training institute where youths in the North-Eastern part of the country would be trained on skill acquisition which would in-turn reduce the level of unemployment among the youths in the country.