NYSC holds talks with foreign corps producing institutions, wants end in malpractice

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Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim

THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday held talks with corps producing institutions within the African Region to address malpractice and issuance of fake certificates by some institutions.

Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the NYSC Director-General, said the meeting also aimed to sustain contact with these institutions to ensure they remained transparent in their affairs.

The meeting, which was held at the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, was attended by heads of higher institutions of learning in Benin Republic, Cameroon and Ghana.

Others are Ivory Coast, Liberia, Niger Republic, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Ibrahim said that the scheme observed a trend of malpractice and irregularities by some of the institutions such as the sale of degree certificates to unqualified students.

“On my assumption of duty as the Chief Executive of the NYSC, I observed the vacuum which existed between the scheme and foreign corps producing institutions.

“The communication gap gave rise to some unimaginable malpractices and irregularities on the part of the institutions especially those within our neighbouring countries in West Africa.

“The most worrisome was the outright sale of degree certificates to persons who never saw the four walls of the university. This category of persons could not communicate in English or express themselves on paper to defend their qualifications.

“The effect of such a development on our national life cycle can only be imagined,” Ibrahim said.

He noted that the meeting with corps producing institutions from the region was the second edition, adding that the meeting aimed to sustain the gains recorded in the maiden edition.

The director-general said that the scheme has over the years recorded successes in the routine evaluation and review of performances among Nigeria’s corps producing institutions during the mobilisation process.

He said that these gains have enabled the scheme to step down the same strategy to African corps producing institutions, while being optimistic that the efforts and measures put in place will be effective.

Ibrahim therefore urged the NUC, the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education to ensure that Nigerians who studied abroad were not ‘short-changed’.

Earlier, Mrs Victoria Ango, the NYSC Director, Corps Mobilisation, said that unlike corps producing domestic institutions which numbered 312, the scheme had at least 2,635 active foreign corps producing institutions.

“This second edition of the meeting will allow us to look deeper into our previous discussions and further address current issues compromising the mobilisation process for graduates of institutions in some African countries.

“One of NYSC’s priorities is to address copious challenges in youth mobilisation such as countries that operate academic systems which manifest some element of variance with the NYSC established pattern.

“Constructive engagement with corps producing institutions and changing the method of data collection has helped the NYSC to reduce irregularities and errors in the mobilisation process,” Ango said.

Malam Muhammad Bello, the FCT Minister, while declaring the meeting open, reaffirmed the support of the FCT Administration to the NYSC especially in the areas of security and welfare of corps members.

The minister, who was represented by Mrs Asabe Umar, the Director of Youth in the ministry, said that the FCT administration remained grateful to the scheme for its contribution to the progress of the territory.

“I thank the NYSC for its role in promoting the unity and development of Nigeria.

“The FCT administration is pleased with the contribution of corps members to the progress of the FCT particularly in key areas such as health, education and community development.

“The FCT administration and the good people of the FCT remain appreciative of the sustained interest of the scheme in the progress of the territory. I commend the NYSC for instituting this meeting; the first meeting was held in July 2019.

“The meeting is aimed at addressing issues that are hindering the success and credibility of the mobilisation process as it concerns Nigerian graduates of foreign-based institutions,” Bello said.

He expressed confidence that the scheme would utilise the forum to sensitise foreign institutions on the requirements and procedures for mobilisation for national service to bring remarkable improvement in the process.

Amb. Fatima Abubakar, the Chairman of the NYSC National Governing Board, said that the maiden edition of the meeting with foreign corps producing institutions exposed the level of malpractices occurring in the institutions.

Abubakar said, however, that many corps producing institutions affected have since shown commitment to ending the spate of malpractice.

She assured the NYSC that the board would continue to support the scheme in carrying out its statutory responsibilities.

“I urge institutions who are still lagging to step up action in ensuring a full-proof process of issuing certificates to graduates.

“I, therefore, call on participants to contribute meaningfully to the deliberation of this meeting so that at the end of the meeting, we will reach resolutions that will better our mobilisation processes,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at least 190 foreign corps producing institutions within the African region were invited to the meeting.

Some of the stakeholders at the meeting include the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NUC.

Others are representatives of embassies in the countries where Nigerians attend higher institutions and which have been certified to have corps-producing institutions.


- Nov. 16, 2021 @ 17:46 GMT |

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