The National Youth Service Corps has entered into partnership with the National Universities’ Commission to assist in detecting illegal certificates being presented by fake graduates at its orientation camps.
The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this in Abuja when he visited the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, in his office.
“The NYSC will not issue its certificate of National Service to unqualified graduates. We appeal to all stakeholders to support us in our determination towards a seamless and credible mobilisation process,” the DG noted.
Rasheed, in his remarks, said it would ensure the credibility of certificates being issued by universities in the country, adding that it would block the “increasing number of fake foreign-trained graduates coming into Nigeria for the national service.”
He said, “It is sad that the standard of education is falling in the country, especially among the affiliate institutions. The NUC has not approved the degrees of online universities in Nigeria.
“The university experience encompasses all-round development of every student. Hence, there is need for proper monitoring. So, the NUC and the NYSC must work together to help the country in producing quality graduates. We will continue to certify the credibility of certificates obtained from Nigerian universities.”
According to a statement by the NYSC Director of Public Relations and Information, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the NUC secretary added that the commission had also approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to shut down some illegal universities in the country.