Graduates Who Are Not Qualified Will Not Take Part in NYSC — DG

Graduates Who Are Not Qualified Will Not Take Part in NYSC

NYSC Director-General Yushau Ahmed asserts that graduates not meeting youth service criteria will be excluded from the program, emphasizing standards
Plans include extending the collection of graduates’ master lists to African countries vulnerable to document falsification and enhancing mobilization efficiency
Brigadier General Yushau Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has emphasized that graduates failing to meet the criteria for the one-year youth service scheme will not be permitted to participate. The statement was made during a meeting in Abuja with some Corps institutions in Africa, focusing on addressing challenges in mobilizing foreign-trained graduates for effective national service.

The National Youth Service Corps is a crucial program in Nigeria, designed to foster unity and national integration by deploying graduates across the country to serve in various capacities. However, concerns have been raised about the authenticity of documents submitted by some participants, prompting the need for a rigorous evaluation of eligibility criteria.

Director-General Yushau Ahmed’s firm stance on excluding unqualified graduates reflects the NYSC’s dedication to maintaining the program’s credibility. By enforcing stringent standards, the NYSC aims to enhance the impact of the youth service initiative and contribute to the overall development of the nation.

One notable measure highlighted by DG Yushau Ahmed is the extension of the collection of graduates’ master lists to African countries vulnerable to document falsification. This move is a proactive step towards preventing the submission of fraudulent credentials and ensuring that only genuine qualifications are considered during the NYSC mobilization process.

According to a statement signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, Ahmed underscored the program’s purpose, aiming to reshape Nigerian youths for national unity and development by instilling values such as discipline, honesty, probity, accountability, hard work, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance.

Expressing concern, Ahmed criticized higher institutions and school owners for compromising standards to achieve financial gains, resulting in the production of unqualified graduates. He urged a shift towards producing world-class graduates aligned with the ideals of NYSC, both in character and learning.

Starting from the 2024 Batch ‘A’ service year, Ahmed announced plans to extend the collection of the master list of graduates to schools in Niger Republic, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uganda, encompassing approximately 20% of graduates from the African continent. The initiative aims to cover countries with a high vulnerability to the falsification of academic and travel documents.

To address challenges in mobilizing foreign-trained Nigerian graduates, Ahmed disclosed that schools in Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroon, and Niger will now submit a project-bound master list of their graduates to the NYSC every service year. This practice, which has been in place for Nigerian schools for decades, is intended to enhance the efficiency of the mobilization process.

Director of Corps Mobilization, Hajiya Walida Siddique Isa, reiterated the NYSC’s commitment to engaging countries with academic systems deviating from global best practices and established mobilization protocols.


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