The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Taraba state has handed over three young men, posing as graduates of tertiary institutions, caught in possession of fake certificates to the police, according to report.
Mrs Florence Yaakugh, the Taraba Coordinator of NYSC, on Friday, said the suspects were apprehended with the fake certificates during screening of prospective Batch B Stream 2 corps members at the orientation camp in Jalingo.
The suspects are; Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all from Isfop University of Cotonou in Republic of Benin.
“They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers.
“If you will recall, the Director-General of NYSC Brig.-Gen. Shauibu Ibrahim recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language.
“He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” the NYSC coordinator said.
Yaakugh said that their preliminary investigation revealed that the persons involved could not write or say anything logical about their courses of study.
She urged the security agents to do a thorough job so that the truth would come out and justice done to the affected persons.
The NYSC state coordinator said that another similar case involving a female, who also presented a foreign certificate, was being investigated by the verification officer.
In related news, Eddy Megwa, the NYSC Coordinator in Cross River, has appealed to the State Government to assist the scheme in the renovation of its permanent orientation camp in Obubura.
Megwa, who made the appeal on Thursday in an interview with NAN in Calabar, said that the renovation of the camp would make for more conducive orientation exercise in the camp.
He said every meaningful government would identify with the NYSC because of the socio-economic development it brought to all sectors of any state as well as Nigeria.
According to him, corps members in every nook and cranny of the nation have been uniting and enhancing an indivisible Nigeria.
”It is said that even where indigenes were afraid of going, you will find corps members there, that is national unity that the scheme is building.
“”If anybody is calling for disintegration, he is wasting his time because his brothers and sisters are here.
“We have also seen a lot of inter-tribal marriages which are conceived during the youth service year,” he said.
He said that the NYSC scheme had gone digital by linking with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
He said the measure was to help detect those who were above 30 years and still planned to serve against the scheme’s rules.
According to him those that graduated below 30 and evaded service will definitely serve even if they are 60 especially if they want to work or serve with the government.
He said that the scheme mobilised about 350,000 corps members annually adding that no contractor had been able to produce the uniforms that would go round.
He said that the NYSC had to segment the production of the uniforms and give them to different contractors which caused the sharp differences noticed in the quality of the uniforms.
“ Yes, I agree with you that there are sharp differences in the uniform colours and all that but the NYSC headquarters is addressing it.
“I am sure that in no time this issue would be resolved.
“The number NYSC is dealing with today cannot be compared to what we had at the beginning of the scheme.
“When the scheme started, we had about 2,000 and a fraction mobilised but today we are talking about 350,000 annually,” he said.