The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) was on Sunday lured to respond to the issue of certificate forgery by the former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
A Nigerian on the social media platform, Facebook, with username: Chii Okey while responding to the NYSC warning that Prospective Corps Members with fake credentials to stay off the NYSC Orientation Camps asked:
“Our former Minister of Finance forged her exemption certificate which led to her resignation when Premium Times newspaper uncovered it. Why have NYSC not applied for her arrest since it was NYSC certificate that was forged. Are laws meant for certain sets of people?”
Okey was reacting to a press statement released by NYSC “Don’t Come To Camp With Fake Certificates, DG Warns”, which reads in part “anyone caught, especially graduates from the universities in West African sub-region with the intent to undermine the integrity of its mobilisation process with fake certificates would be arrested and prosecuted.
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It did not take long before other youths threw their weights behind the questioner, demanding a response from NYSC.
“Bold statement and question, let the admin come and answer this pertinent question pls,” a user, Ijuo Peter commented.
Also demanding an answer, another user Chinwe Prudence commented; “you won’t see the admin address this one but he will come under every comment that has to do with arrears to reply.
“All of them are corrupt joor…. They are all doing eye service.”
NYSC however replied: “NYSC is not a law enforcement agency.”
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Tackling the response, a user, Oludare Adebowale Emmanuel posted: “So what the National youth Service Corps – NYSC is trying to say is that anybody can forge a result and get away with it.
“Pls don’t give us that crap of NySc is not a law enforcement agency… Let’s call a spade a spade.”
NYSC in defence replied; “Again, NYSC is not a law enforcement agency. What led to the exit of the of the former Minister of Finance?,
“Did your ever read it anywhere that NYSC covered her forged Certificate?, NYSC will never be a part to any irregularity.
“Public support is what NYSC need to fight this battle as the NYSC Scheme is ever ready to expose anyone that parades fake certificate being claimed to have been received from the NYSC. If you forge NYSC certificate, the day of reckoning is near.”
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in the press statement however noted that during the 2019 Batch ‘C’ online registration, over twenty thousand foreign – trained Nigerians uploaded their results online, however, during the physical verification exercise, just 3,420 showed up, having been forewarned that anyone caught with fake certificate would be prosecuted.
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