NYSC to institutions: stop presenting over-aged graduates

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National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Director-General Shuaibu Ibrahim has warned some tertiary institutions to stop presenting over-aged graduates for mobilisation for service.

He said the scheme has observed that some tertiary institutions present over-aged graduates for its mobilisation, noting that the NYSC would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions.

The director-general spoke in Abuja at a pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2019 Batch B.

To address this, Ibrahim said that the scheme has decided to, henceforth include the date of birth of corps members on the Certificate of National Service and Exclusion Letter as a measure to guard against age falsification.

According to him, the increase in number of corps producing institutions and the attendant rise in corps members population posed a great challenge which we must address.

Ibrahim said: “It has been observed that the Students’ Affairs Officers do not commence early upload of their master lists despite the long period the NYSC portal is opened for this purpose. Many wait till a few days to the close of the portal before rushing to meet up with the deadline, thereby making a lot of mistakes in the process.

“We have observed that some corps producing institutions present over-aged graduates for mobilisation.

“Such graduates falsify their ages in order to avoid appearing on the exemption list. Such act will not be condoned and the scheme will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any institution involved.

“As a further step toward curtailing age falsification, we have decided to include date of birth on the Certificate of National Service and Exclusion Letter. This is just as in the case of the WAEC certificate and the NYSC Exemption Certificate. We also plan to carry out advocacy to encourage other examination bodies to adopt the same approach.”

He also said the scheme has observed that some accredited institutions help unaccredited ones to mobilise unqualified graduates for service.

He informed that the NYSC was working on a platform where corps producing institution would be require to upload the list of their matriculated students every year.

Ibrahim said: “We have also observed cases of suspected connivance whereby some accredited institutions help unaccredited ones to mobilise unqualified graduates.

“While the scheme will continue to sanction erring institutions, we are working on introducing a platform on the NYSC portal where the corps producing institution will be required to upload the list of their matriculated students every year.

“This will be used to eliminate the registration of persons whose names are presented for mobilisation but who are not found on the matriculation list.”

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