- NYSC has vowed to prosecute corp members caught illegally trying to participate in the programme
- The director-general of the NYSC, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim made the disclosure on Wednesday, September 2
- Ibrahim noted that the scheme would not entertain any request for leniency by those who are caught
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The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has vowed to prosecute those who attempt to illegally participate in the scheme or had participated in the past through fraudulent means when caught.
Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, the director-general of the NYSC made the statement on Wednesday, September 2, during the inauguration of the NYSC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in Abuja, The Nation reports.
The NYSC DG noted that the scheme would not entertain any request for leniency by those who deliberately take part in the one-year programme illegally and are seeking restitution for their “past fraudulent acts.”
Ibrahim further said that the NYSC would allow the law to take its course on the prosecution of such people and even organisations caught aiding and abetting them.
According to him, the NYSC management has intensified efforts at ensuring that any sort of infringement is prevented by enforcing its general operational guidelines.
He said: “Therefore, those who attempt to illegally participate in the programme of the scheme or had participated in the past through fraudulent means will be prosecuted when discovered."
Recall that the federal government has already commenced preparations for the reopening of NYSC orientation camps across the country.
The orientation camps were temporarily suspended in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus among corps members.
However, Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, said NYSC orientation camps may be reopened in the next phase of the eased lockdown, The Cable reported.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the management of the NYSC said it will reopen orientation camps for prospective corps members as soon as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gives it the directive to do so.
The director-general of the NYSC made the statement during the inspection of some facilities destroyed by a wind storm in Gombe state.
He urged graduates who are waiting to be mobilised for the scheme not to be agitated. The NYSC boss told the expectant graduates to be prepared because they may be called upon for camping at any time within a short notice.
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