The Director General National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim in a press conference in Federal Capital Territory Abuja, stated that according to the NYSC Act, fake graduates are liable to two years in jail.
The DG added that 1,132,409 corps members of a total of 4,644,804 who have participated in the national service all had been equipped with skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development package provided by the scheme.
He said, “We have already informed all the corps producing institutions of our intention to blacklist any of them that engage in this act of presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation.
“Let me reiterate our warning that any person who presents a fake certificate in an attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to security agencies. We are working on fake corps members. They will be arrested and prosecuted.
“If I give you some of the write-ups of the graduates; some were told to write ABCD, they could not. They could not say what a bank statement is. They don’t know. If I show you their papers, you will feel sad. Some people have asked me if NYSC has the power to crosscheck the certification of graduates, I said no, but we have the power to ensure that unqualified Nigerians are not mobilised for service.”