Some of these unqualified Nigerians after purchasing the certificate is sent down to Nigeria by the Corp producing institutions to participate in the one-year compulsory national youth service
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The National Youth Service Corps met with about 159 foreign universities registrars base in Africa and alleged some for selling certificates to unqualified Nigerians at the rate of N300,000 and N500,000 each.
Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the NYSC Director-General, made these accusations known on Thursday in Abuja during a meeting held with the registrars of these various foreign institutions.
He said some of these unqualified Nigerians after purchasing the certificate are sent down to Nigeria by the Corp producing institutions to participate in the one-year compulsory national youth service.
He said, “henceforth only graduates whose academic certificates were authenticated by the Nigerian consulates in those countries of study would be accepted for national service.”
The meeting was titled, “Strategies for successful mobilisation of Nigerian foreign graduates: The role of stakeholders.”
While giving details of the African-based universities, the DG said, “60 of them were based in the Republic of Benin, 15 in Cameroon, two in Chad, Ghana 41, Guinea five institutions while four were based in Ivory Coast, Other universities were based in Niger, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Togo.”
The NYSC DG said, “We have observed in recent years that the quality of graduates presenting themselves for mobilisation for the national service from foreign institutions, especially in Africa, did not meet the needed manpower quality to actualise our national dream.”
“In recent times, there has been an upsurge in the number of graduates who cannot defend their degree certificates. Some tertiary institutions simply sell their degree/ Higher National Diploma certificates to persons who never passed through any academic rigour.
“We have evidence of persons who possess originals of such certificates and transcripts from some universities that are represented here.
“We have reliably been informed that such certificates and transcripts cost between N300,000 and N500,000.
“In order to check this ugly trend of certificate racketeering, we strongly recommend that the Federal Ministry of Education should liaise with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that all degree and HND certificates obtained outside the shores of Nigeria are authenticated at the Nigerian consulate in the country of study.
“Therefore, with effect from the 2019 Batch C service year, only graduates whose academic certificates are authenticated by the Nigerian consulates in these countries of study will be accepted for national service. Furthermore, all institutions found culpable in the sale of degree certificates will be blacklisted.”
He further clarifies that they are aware identified unaccredited courses, extortion of money from students for NYSC mobilisation process and inconsistencies in the features of certificates and transcripts as some of the challenges which the foreign institutions had to work on to avoid being blacklisted by the NYSC.