The National Youth Service Corps has stated that it will hand over unqualified graduates for prosecution to the police, adding that some of the graduates are unable to recite the English alphabet and don’t know a bank statement.
At a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, the NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, noted that such fake graduates are liable to two years ‘ imprisonment under the NYSC Act.
Ibrahim also observed that since its founding in 1973, 4,644,804 Nigerians had been involved in the system, stating that the system was able to achieve national integration.
The DG added that the scheme provided 1,132,409 members of the corps in all skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development package.
He said, “We have already notified all the institutions producing corps of our intention to blacklist any of them involved in this act of presenting unqualified persons for mobilization.
“Let me reiterate our warning that any person presenting a false certificate in an effort to get mobilized for service will be handed over to security agencies. We are working hard on fake members of the body. They’re going to be detained and prosecuted.
“If I give you some of the graduates’ write-ups; some have been told to write ABCD, they can’t. They couldn’t tell what a statement from the bank is. They don’t know about it. You’re going to feel sad if I show you their documents. Some persons have asked me whether NYSC has the authority to cross-check graduate certification, I said no, but we have the authority to make sure unqualified Nigerians are not mobilized for service.”