International group commends NYSC DG on fight against fake graduates mobilised for service


The International Society on Transparency (IST) has hailed the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, for flushing out fake graduates from the Scheme.

The group in a statement on Wednesday said the DG’s radical approach has drastically checkmated the mobilisation of ineligible Nigerians for the compulsory one-year service.

Recall that the NYSC recently held the second edition of its management meeting with heads of higher institutions of learning from some African countries.

Speaking at the event, the DG lamented the “outright sale of degree certificates to persons who never saw the four walls of University”.

He noted that this “category of persons was unable to communicate in English language or express themselves on paper, to defend their qualifications”.

Since he assumed office in May 2019, Brig-Gen Ibrahim has launched a campaign against fake graduates mobilised for the NYSC scheme.

In August same year, over 10 fake NYSC members were nabbed in different parts of the country.

Two months later, 85 others were handed over to the police for trial after they were arrested in camps nationwide with fake documents.

The Scheme has continued to fish out fake graduates across the country since then and the International Society on Transparency has lauded the DG for this campaign.

According to its Executive Secretary, Francis Maxwell, this has built confidence in the NYSC.

Maxwell noted that relevant stakeholders are collaborating more with the Scheme.

He, however, urged the Director-General to maintain the momentum in his quest to rid the nation of fake graduates.

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