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 Course.
It said that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted.
The Director-General, Brig. Gen. 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 enrolment 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 sanitise the mobilisation 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.