- The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has come up with a measure to tackle age falsification among institutions
- The NYSC's boss, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said that henceforth the scheme will include the date of birth of corps members on the certificate
- Ibrahim disclosed that the NYSC will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any institution involved in the crime
In a bid to guard against age falsification said to be rampant among academic institutions, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that it will start including the date of birth of corps members on its certificate.
The NYSC's boss, Shuaibu Ibrahim, disclosed that its resolve was influenced by the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and the scheme’s exemption certificate which included the dates of birth of the holders, Premium Times reports.
Ibrahim said the increasing number of institutions churning out corps member added to the “attendant rise in corps members’ population pose a great challenge which we must address.”
He said: “We have observed that some institutions present over-aged graduates for mobilisation. Such graduates falsify their age in order to avoid appearing on the exemption list.
"Such acts 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.
“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.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NYSC on Monday, May 27, threatened to blacklist institutions who fraudulently mobilise unqualified graduates.
Ibrahim said that the move by the NYSC will hopefully deter tertiary institutions in the country. He said unqualified graduates should not be enrolled in the forthcoming Batch B mobilisation in June, 2019.
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