Graduates from Benin Republic universities incompetent in English usage, NYSC alleges


The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has accused universities in the Benin Republic of presenting unqualified persons for its one-year mandatory national service.

He revealed that the NYSC had begun investigations into the activities of the unnamed universities involved in the fraudulent practice.

“It is unfortunate that some institutions of higher learning, particularly in Cotonou, Benin Republic, present to us people who didn’t go through the four walls of the university as graduates for NYSC mobilization,” a statement by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi quoted Ibrahim saying in part.

“We are presently investigating some of such so-called graduates, many of whom cannot write or spell any word in English.”

The statement also revealed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has pledged to support the NYSC in combating fraudulent mobilization of unqualified graduates for national service.

The EFCC had reportedly commended corps members for educating Nigerians on the dangers of corruption through the Anti-corruption Community Development Service Groups.

Adeyemi said the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, made the pledge when Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently at EFCC headquarters, Abuja.

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She added that Magu condemned activities of unscrupulous persons who bring shame to the country through their desperate quest for wealth, including the sale of academic qualifications to unqualified graduates.

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  1. It is good that NYSC attempts to investigate reasons that graduate from Benin Republic couldn’t communicate in English. Truth be told, Benin Republic is a Francophone country and language of instruction in large proportion of Francophones is French, not English. Though some teach in both English and French.

    I had a year experience and research on this topic and the conclusion is that majority of graduate from francophone are not proficient in English though they might be able to write in English but they will be poor in speaking, listening and reading.

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