The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Director-General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Thursday said that according to the scheme’s act, fake graduates are liable to two years in jail.
Recall that NYSC announced weeks ago that it will partner with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to fish out unqualified graduates and the activities of unpatriotic Nigerians who sell certificates to these graduates to be able to undergo the youth service.
Punch reports that the DG disclosed this in Abuja while giving the scheme’s scorecard in a press conference.
He noted that some graduates cannot recite the English alphabet and do not know a bank statement.
According to the DG, 4,644,804 Nigerians had participated in the scheme since inception in 1973, adding that 1,132,409 corps members in all had been equipped with skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development package provided by the scheme.
“We have already informed all the corps producing institutions of our intention to blacklist any of them that engage in this act of presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation.
“Let me reiterate our warning that any person who presents a fake certificate in an attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to security agencies. We are working on fake corps members. They will be arrested and prosecuted.
“If I give you some of the write-ups of the graduates; some were told to write ABCD, they could not. They could not say what a bank statement is. They don’t know. If I show you their papers, you will feel sad.
“Some people have asked me if NYSC has the power to crosscheck the certification of graduates, I said no, but we have the power to ensure that unqualified Nigerians are not mobilised for service,” he added.