The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps(NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, on Thursday, January 7, 2016 sent a warning to every corp member and corps producing institutions that got caught in sharp practices would be prosecuted henceforth.
Olawumi gave the warning in Owerri at the opening of the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Pre- Mobilisation workshop, with the theme: “The Role of Stakeholders in Sustaining the Gains of NYSC Computerised Process.”
The director-general maintained that, recent happenings arising from e-mobilisation process had revealed some irregularities which must be brought to public notice.
He outlined them as: corps members’ registration by proxy, falsification of medical and marriage documents, prospective corps members providing false information to manipulate their posting.
He also mentioned sharp practices by some corps producing institutions.
“Let me hereby warn that henceforth these sharp practices will no longer be condoned and any prospective corps member and corps producing institutions caught will be prosecuted,’’ he said.
According to him, the practice where parents request for concessional postings for their children on health or marital grounds when such information was not provided during the on-line registration exercise would not be accepted.
Olawumi said the workshop provided opportunity for NYSC management and the stakeholders in the mobilization process to interface and review past mobilisation activities.
He said this was with a view to finding solutions to the challenges encountered during the process.
“The idea is borne out of the need to always ensure that the mobilisation of our youths for the mandatory one year national service is stress-free and of high integrity,’’ he said.
Olawumi said the computerisation of the NYSC in 2014 made registration easy at the camps, while prospective corps members were saved from the cost and danger of distant travels to their institutions to collect call-up letters.
“More importantly, the computerisation programme has brought credibility and transparency in the NYSC mobilisation process by eliminating the issues of ghost or fake corps members.
“It has also enabled the scheme to know the total number of corps members and indeed their disposition anytime, at the press of a button,” he said.
Olawumi said despite the achievements, the gains of the initiative could only be sustained if individual stakeholders were aware of their role and play it effectively.
He also made a plea to Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo for speedy completion of the permanent orientation camp of the NYSC in the state.