The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Yushau Ahmed insist that graduates who do not meet the requirements for the one-year youth service scheme would not be allowed to participate.
In a statement signed by Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa he disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during the NYSC Management with some Corps Producing Institutions in Africa, with the theme; “Tackling the Emerging Challenges in Mobilization of Foreign-Trained Graduates For Effective National Service.”
He maintained that the youth service programme was aimed at remodelling the Nigerian youths for national unity and development through inculcation of values such as discipline, honesty, probity, accountability, hard work, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.
He decried that higher institutions and school owners have decided to cut corners to make financial gain which has led to the production of unqualified graduates, when they should focus on building world-class graduates in both character and learning and in consonance with the ideals of NYSC.
“It is expected that, from 2024 Batch ‘A’ service year, the collection of the master list of graduates would be extended to schools in Niger Republic, Cameroun, Ghana, and Uganda, which constitutes about 20% of graduates from the African continent.
The exercise would be extended to cover countries identified with high vulnerability to faking of academic and travel documents”, he said.
Ahmed said that as part of the measures to overcome the challenges in the mobilization of foreign-trained Nigerian graduates, all schools in Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroun and Niger shall henceforth be submitting a project-bound master list of their graduates to the NYSC every service year.
He said the practice has been available for schools in Nigeria for a number of decades and has proved very useful.
On her part, Director, Corps Mobilization, Hajiya Walida Siddique Isa in her introductory address disclosed that the Scheme would continue to engage countries operating academic systems which manifest elements of deviance from the global best practices and the NYSC established mobilization protocols.