- NITDA is introducing blockchain technology as part of its effort to authenticate NYSC certificates
- The agency’s DG said the development would help to address cases of fraudulent issuing and counterfeiting of NYSC credentials
- He claims that the move will also increase transparency in the certificate issuance process
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said the agency is creating blockchain technology to authenticate National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the agency's director-general, made this known at a policy debate on implementing the national blockchain in Lagos.
According to Abdullahi, NITDA has been in touch with NYSC DG Yusha'u Ahmed to help lead the creation of a cutting-edge blockchain-based certificate authentication system.
This comes amid reports that the NYSC Act is now obsolete and would be reviewed by the National Assembly, given that the scheme has not really helped ameliorate graduates' sufferings despite billions of naira spent.
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The move will strengthen validity of certificates
Abdullahi stated that the measure is essential to address growing worries about the fraudulent issuing and counterfeiting of NYSC credentials, according to a report by The Cable.
The NITDA DG further said the action would strengthen the integrity and validity of NYSC certificates and increase transparency in the certificate issuance process.
When ultimately deployed, he said, people, organisations, and employers could easily confirm the validity of NYSC credentials.
Abdullahi urged the nation's relevant authorities to use blockchain technology's potential to modernise the certificate verification procedure.
The NYS certificate has been a concern due to widespread cases of forgery and fraudulent issuance. We recognise the urgent need to combat the prevalent issue of forged NYSC certificates in Nigeria.
“By leveraging blockchain’s power, we aim to establish a secure, tamper-proof system that will enable individuals, institutions, and employers to easily verify the authenticity of NYSC certificates.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NYSC cleared the air about the misleading information circulating online about dates for the 2023 mobilisation activities.
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The NYSC director of press and public relations, Eddy Megwa, in a statement on Saturday, August 5, said the service did not have such a move in plans, PM News reported.