Management of National Youth Service Corps under the stewardship of the Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has began the process of putting a stop to the increasing spate of mobilizing unqualified graduates by some African tertiary institutions.
Addressing heads of African Corps institutions and other key stakeholders at a meeting held at the National Universities Commission, Abuja on Thursday, 25th July, the Director General lamented over the ugly trend, whereby some Africa universities present to NYSC for mobilization young men and women who have never undergone any academic programme at all.
Brig. Gen. Ibrahim said the situation is very alarming, as investigations have revealed that some of the products of such institutions don’t know how to read or write even simple words. He said the meeting was convened for participants to brainstorm and come up with meaningful suggestions that will put to an end the sale of degrees by such universities, so that the continent and the entire universe can have graduates that can contribute to development and also be trusted with leadership roles in the nearest future.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Christopher Oha who served as special guest of honour at the event lamented over the ugly trend, and said that stiff sanction be served on any institution that henceforth mobilizes unqualified youth for national service.
In their various submissions, participants from some of the African countries pledged to take the message home, and sanitize their systems to avoid future occurrences. Similarly, spokespersons from Nigerians federal ministries of education and foreign affairs promised to work with NYSC in checkmating the activities of foreign and domestic tertiary institutions that have been found wanting, in order to curb the unholy illegal act.
The meeting came just a day after the NYSC Scheme organized a sensitization workshop on its enabling Act, with a view to educating the public on its operations.