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 National Universities Commission, Abuja on Thursday, the Director General lamented over the ugly trend, whereby some universities most of which are based in Benin Niger Chad and Ghana 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 bring put end to sale of degrees by universities in the aforementioned countries, so that the continent and the entire universe can have graduates that can contribute to development and can also be trusted with leadership roles in the nearest future.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Christopher Ohaa who served as special guest of honor at the event lamented over the ugly trend, and said that stiff punishment be served any intuition that henceforth mobilizes unqualified youth for national service.
In their various submissions, professors from some of the African countries pledged to take the message home, and sanitize their systems to avoid future occurrences.
Similarly, spokespersons of Nigeria’s ministries 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 one day after the NYSC Scheme organized a sensitization workshop on its enabling Act, with a view to educating the public on its operations.