Part-time programme graduates not eligible for NYSC

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Graduates of part-time academic programmes in Nigerian universities are not eligible for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) mobilisation.

This is as the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, warned Corps Producing Institutions to stop mobilising such graduates for the mandatory one-year national service.

He gave the warning in Abuja on Tuesday while speaking at the meeting between officials of the JAMB, the NYSC and Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria.

Frowning at the increasing rate of offering fake admission to unqualified persons, he said, “some institutions, knowing full well that unqualified students did not go through the Central Admissions Processes (CAPs). They have been admitting unqualified candidates and that is what has been responsible for illegal admission.

“JAMB has to appeal to the Minister of Education when we discover that close to one million candidates have been admitted in our tertiary instructions illegally between 2017 and 2021.

“What is relevant to our discussion today is that about 25 per cent of these illegally admitted were on Sanwich programme. We noticed that they even call them Daily Part-time students, but the Institutions have gone ahead to mobilize them for NYSC on graduation. That was why we rejected the list and told them to separate them from the graduates of regular programme.

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He further added that, “The mobilisation of fake corps members would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Registrars. Whether in or out of office, all those responsible for illegal admission will be held responsible and prosecuted. It is important that you as Registrars should stop these madness. I want to urge you to please stop mobilising graduates from Part-time programmes for NYSC”.

In his address, the Director-General of NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, warned that the Scheme is more determined now than before to prosecute fake corps members found culpable.

“There are over 2000 active Corps Producing Institutions on our database out of which only 320 of them are home based. Though relatively smaller in number, the participants for these conference are grouped into North and South for separate sections to enable everybody to be part of the decision-making process.

“The purpose of this meeting is to seek ways of eliminating fraud in the mobilising process that have already been identified with a number of measures put in place towards eradicating recurrent challenges in implementation.

“In the institutions where Registrars abdicated their roles to subordinate officers, we are bound to see all forms of abuses and shortfalls. This has given rise in the mobilisation of unqualified persons for the scheme many of which have been fished out by the NYSC.

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“The management is determined more than ever before to tighten the loopholes and commence the prosecution of anyone found culpable in the mobilisation of fake corps members. This meeting is therefore part of the enlightenment for the officers to know that ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”

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