Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is–haq Oloyede, has accused some officials of his board and tertiary institutions for mobilising fake graduates for the mandatory national service.
He said most of the illegal mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was done in collaboration with the Student Affairs or the Registries of various institutions across the country.
Oloyede spoke Tuesday at the 2021 Batch ‘A’ pre-mobilisation workshop organised by the NYSC in Nasarawa State.
The NYSC had repeatedly turned down the mobilisation of graduates with fake certificates by some institutions.
It was learnt that 95 of such persons with fictitious credentials are awaiting trial.
Officials of the NYSC arrested the suspects in orientation camps across the country during the Batch ‘B’ Streams I and II services last August.
A statement by the NYSC said the suspects have been handed to security agencies for prosecution.
Oloyede said: “Institutions of learning are veritable tools of corrupting for the NYSC mobilisation. One in every eight culprits will be traceable to institutions of learning. I can say it anywhere because you know that I am not an enemy of the institutions and I know what I am talking about. So, I couldn’t have painted the institutions to say they are the culprit.
“The truth is that we are, more often than not, culpable. Most of the illegitimate mobilisation could not have been done without active collaboration of the Student Affairs or the Registries of our various institutions.
“Of course, JAMB also plays a role in it. I work for JAMB; I don’t have any reason to hate the organisation. But the truth is that I know at least a few; no matter how few they are that are our workers who are also part of the ring.”
NYSC’s Director General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, promised that the management of the scheme would continue to enhance the credibility of the mobilisation process.
“Management is, more than ever before, committed to tackling issues that tend to have adverse effects on the mobilisation.
“I wish to reaffirm the commitment of management to enhancing the credibility of the mobilisation process. We will continue to apply fool–proof measures to ensure that only qualified graduates are enlisted for national service.
“Let me, therefore, restate our warning that unqualified persons attempting to present themselves for mobilisation will be apprehended and handed over to law agencies for prosecution,” Ibrahim said.