Nigerian graduates from universities in Benin Republic and other African countries have had their NYSC certificates withheld.
According to The Nation, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has asked foreign-trained graduates with questionable degrees from institutions in Benin Republic and some other African countries who have not been issued Certificates of National Service to visit the headquarters of the scheme for further scrutiny.
The NYSC made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The organisation asked the foreign-trained graduates concerned to report at the NYSC headquarters on Monday in Abuja.
“Foreign-trained Ex-Corps Members who participated in the recently concluded 2018 Batch C, Stream l Service Year with questionable degrees from Universities in Benin Republic and some other African Countries, and have not been issued Certificate of National Service (CNS) to present themselves for further scrutiny.
“Those concerned are to report at NYSC National Directorate HQ, Abuja from Monday 14th October, 2019,” the statement said.
The statement explained that only qualified Nigerian graduates who have duly completed the one year mandatory service will be issued the Certificate of National Service.
This, according to the statement, is in line with the NYSC Act 2004.
“Management of NYSC wishes to reiterate that only qualified Nigerian graduates will be issued Certificate of National Service in line with the provisions of the NYSC Act 2004,” it added.
The NYSC had noted that it was prosecuting over 65 fake graduates apprehended during Batch B Stream 2 Orientation Course.
It noted that the fake graduates, mostly from foreign-trained institutions in Africa, were handed over to the Police for further investigation.
The organisation had said that three of the corps members had claimed to have graduated from Istop University, Cotonou in Benin Republic.
A claim, the scheme said, it found out to be false.