The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that about 95 graduates with fake certificates from Nigerian and foreign universities were arrested and handed over to security agencies during the last orientation exercise.
Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, who made this disclosure, threatened to blacklist any institution caught including the names of unqualified persons for NYSC mobilization.
Speaking in Minna, Niger state, at the 2019 Batch ‘C’ pre-mobilization workshop on Wednesday, the DG said that 65 out of the arrested graduates were from universities in Nigeria while 30 others were from other West African universities.
He said, “Regarding fraudulent certificates, we have apprehended 65 fake students from universities in Nigeria and from other West African universities, we have arrested about 30. We have handed them over to the police for prosecution.”
He revealed that some tertiary institutions in Nigeria still engage in the sale of Degree and HND certificates and statement of Results to unqualified persons in a bid to smuggle them into being mobilized for NYSC.
Lamenting that this attempt is threatening the credibility of the NYSC mobilization process, the DG added that the action has grave implications for the socio-economic development of the country.
“It is worrisome to note that some unscrupulous persons still indulge in the sale of Degree and HND Certificates and Statement of Results to unqualified persons. It has also been observed that names of unqualified persons are included in the Senate/Academic Board approved list uploaded on the NYSC registration portal by some corps producing institutions,” he said.
“It is quite unfortunate that some Corps producing Institutions are still in the habit of uploading part-time and overaged graduates for mobilization. This is one of the challenges we are out to tackle headlong, this attempt in some quarters to threaten the credibility of the process.
“Acts such as presentation of fake academic credentials and attempts to smuggle names of unqualified persons into the mobilization lists submitted by some Corps producing institutions are condemnable and will continue to face stiff resistance from the scheme.”