By David Olalekan.
The National Youth Service Corps has resolved forthwith to include the date of birth of corps members on the certificate of national service in a bid to curb the menace of age falsification.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Shuaibu Ibrahim, made this known at the 2019 Batch B pre-mobilisation workshop, where he stated that the new policy is a reflection of what is obtainable on the West African Examination Certificate and the NYSC’s Exemption Certificate which includes the dates of birth of the holders.
Brig. Ibrahim also disclosed that some tertiary institutions were complicit in presenting over-aged graduates for mobilisation.
He said, “We have observed that some institutions present over-aged graduates for mobilisation. Such graduates falsify their age in order to avoid appearing on the exemption list. Such act will not be condoned and the scheme will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any institution involved.
“As a further step toward curtailing age falsification, we have decided to include date of birth on the certificate of national service and exclusion letter. This is just as in the case of the WAEC certificate and the NYSC Exemption Certificate. We also plan to carry out advocacy to encourage other examination bodies to adopt the same approach.”
The DG also expressed worries over some accredited institutions helping the unaccredited ones mobilise their unqualified graduates.
“We have also observed cases of suspected connivance whereby some accredited institutions help unaccredited ones to mobilise unqualified graduates.
“While the scheme will continue to sanction erring institutions, we are working on introducing a platform on the NYSC portal where the corps producing institution will be required to upload the list of their matriculated students every year.
“This will be used to eliminate the registration of persons whose names are presented for mobilisation but who are not found on the matriculation list”, he added.