BY CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – The National Youth Service Corps has revealed that it could not mobilized some graduates for 2013 Batch ‘A’ orientation exercise, because they were not properly admitted by their institutions.
The Service is reacting to several complaints by students and parents over the inability of their children to get call up numbers for their mobilization.
Vanguard gathered that the NYSC in collaboration with JAMB had earlier issued a new directive that graduates preparing for NYSC must provide their Unified Matriculation Tertiary Examination registration numbers before they are mobilized.
The admission letter is requested by various school managements as evidence to prove to NYSC that the intending corps members wrote the exam.
However, Vanguard learned that some institutions had refused to yield to several calls from the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board, JAMB, for them to come forward to regularize their students’ admission process.
The Director General of NYSC, Brig-Gen Nnamdi Okore-Affia said the scheme NYSC would not serve as liaison office between any corps producing institutions and regulatory bodies, insisting that institutions should regularize their students’ admission process with JAMB as required by the law.
Okorie-Affia in a statement made available to Vanguard in Abuja said, in as much as the Service is partnering with relevant regulatory bodies of the respective Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs), “the data of all prospective corps members as submitted for mobilization by their respective institutions, are subjected to screening for conformity with the requirements of these regulatory/examination bodies.
“In this regard, all prospective corps members whose admissions are not known to JAMB will be deemed to be improperly admitted. The admission status of such students will require the affected CPIs to regularize same with JAMB.
“All Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) have been advised to abide by the extant admission quota approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) respectively in making submission for mobilization. Any submission in excess of quotas approved will not be accepted. Graduates of courses not duly accredited by these regulatory bodies will not be mobilized for service.
“It should be stated, for emphasis, that the regularization of admissions with JAMB is the duty of the Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs), just as the confirmation of approved admission quota for each course and the determination of their accreditation status is the prerogative of the regulatory bodies – NUC and NBTE.
“It is imperative to state that the NYSC will not act as a liaison office between the Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) and these regulatory/examination bodies. This much had earlier been brought to the notice of CPIs at the last Pre-Mobilization Workshop held in Ilorin, Kwara State on Thursday 16th January, 2013.
“Corps Producing Institutions which are unable to conclude the regularization exercise during the 2013 Batch ‘A’ service year could still be considered in subsequent Batches when the outstanding issues would have been resolved by the institution.It has become expedient to bring this information to the attention of the general public for necessary guidance”, the statement read.