The National Youth Service Corps has threatened to prosecute any Corps Producing Institution or prospective corps members that engage in sharp practices, including falsification of documents, during its mobilisation process.
The NYSC said experience from its e-mobilisation process had revealed irregularities such as registration by proxy, falsification of medical and marriage documents, provision of false information by prospective corps members to manipulate their postings as well as sharp practices by some CPIs.
A statement issued on Thursday by the NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, said its Director-General, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, gave the warning during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Batch ‘A’ pre-mobilisation workshop in Owerri, the Imo State capital, with the theme, “The role of stakeholders in sustaining the gains of the NYSC Computerised Mobilisation Process.”
The workshop was attended by the NYSC top management staff, schedule officers on corps deployment and relocation, representatives of partner agencies, including JAMB, NUC and NBTE as well as Students’ Affairs Officers of CPIs.
While warning that such unwholesome practices would no longer be tolerated, the director general stressed that the practice whereby parents requested for concessional postings for their children on health or marital grounds, when information regarding such were not provided during the online registration, would not be accepted.
He said the theme was chosen in view of the NYSC’s determination to sustain the gains of its e-mobilisation process, which had recorded modest achievements.
The NYSC management, he said, was open to constructive criticisms that would assist in fine-tuning its operations.
Olawumi used the occasion to appeal to the Imo State government to ensure speedy completion of the NYSC permanent orientation camp in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, called on the NYSC and other stakeholders to step up efforts towards making the youths more relevant in the socio-economic affairs of the country.
Okorocha said the neglect of the youth, especially those from low economic backgrounds, contributed to the problem of insecurity in parts of the country. He said Nigeria stood to gain much if the country had confidence in the youth and supported them to realise their potential.
He particularly challenged the NYSC to take the lead by strengthening its skills acquisition programme so as to enable corps members to become experts in various vocations, thereby making them self-employed.
“The quest for white-collar jobs is just shadow-chasing; this is an era of change, and you can aspire to be your own boss,” he said.
Okorocha stated that 70 per cent of the expenditure made on labour force in Imo State’s infrastructural development projects went to non-Nigerians, adding that Nigerian youths especially corps members should acquire skills that would enable them to handle aspects of those jobs many of which would earn them g00d income.
Okorocha used the occasion to applaud the NYSC for its role in fostering peace and unity in the country, adding that the scheme needed to be encouraged to deliver its mandate.