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Fake certificate: Minister calls for more resilient NYSC mobilisation system

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The Minister of Youth Development, Dr Jamila Ibrahim, has called for the improvement of the existing framework to create a more resilient and foolproof NYSC mobilisation system.

She made this appeal at the opening ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, 2024 Batch A Pre-Mobilisation Workshop in Abuja on Thursday.

At the workshop, themed “Unlocking Innovative Solutions to the Challenges of the Mobilisation Process,” the minister said the issue of fake certificates has drawn public attention and prompted the Federal Government to start an investigation, demonstrating collective dedication to purging the system of fraudulent practices.

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She added that the ongoing effort by the NYSC to curb the rot through rigorous verification processes demonstrated the scheme’s commitment to upholding integrity.

According to her: “Recognising the menace posed by fake certificates and related fraudulent activities to the mobilisation process underscores the need for restructuring of the system. Bringing critical stakeholders such as this workshop will lay the groundwork for innovative solutions that will combat fraudulent practices.”

She said that the collaborative effort symbolises a significant step towards continuous improvement and establishing a more robust system that benefits the youth and the nation at large.

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Ibrahim said that though the NYSC scheme ranks among the most enduring platforms that historically played a significant role in promoting national unity, “Nigeria’s evolving economic and social landscape now calls for major restructuring.”

On his part, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Yush’au Ahmed, said more features had been added to verify prospective youth corps members.

“We will continue to guard against fake mobilisation, as we have also introduced a lot of innovations,” he said.

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