Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: NYSC Boss - Institutions Charge Illegal Fees Before Mobilization

Ilorin — Director General of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier-General Nnmadi Okore-Affia, has accused institutions producing corps members in the country of charging illegal fees before mobilizing corps members for the mandatory national service.

Okore-Affia, who disclosed this in Ilorin at the opening of the 2013 batch "A" pre-mobilisation workshop, also noted that "there are corps members who can hardly communicate in English Language, let alone be able to teach in the classrooms."

He said "it was also discovered that many corps producing institutions collect from their graduating students one levy or the other before submitting their names for mobilisation into national service.

"Going through the figures presented for mobilisation by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) in 2012, it was discovered that many exceeded the admission quota approved by the respective regulatory bodies by as much as 500 per cent in extreme cases.

"Upon further scrutiny, it was discovered that most of the institutions illegally included graduates who ordinarily are either over-aged, underwent part-time programmes, or products of internally introduced unaccredited courses/programmes.

"It is illegal to charge any fee, whether official or otherwise, before mobilising your graduates for national service. Henceforth, any Corps Producing Institution found wanting will be blacklisted, with dire consequences."

Expressing worry over academic deficiency of corps members being mobilized by higher institutions, the DG threatened to report institutions whose students are found to be severely deficient.

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