The House of Representatives has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to rescind the ban placed on graduands of the Benue State University from participating in the compulsory youths service programme on the allegation of falsification of age and other sundry reasons.
According to a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Hon. Oker Jev from Benue State, the NYSC placed the school on a 2-year suspension as a result of falsification of documents by some graduates to qualify for the scheme.
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Hon. Jev argued that the agency was wrong to punish several students for the wrongdoing of a few people, adding that in the face of the scandal involving serving and ex-ministers due to NYSC certificate, denying those students the opportunity to partake in the scheme could mean jeopardizing their futures.
“NYSC has refused to mobilize Benue State University graduates for participation in the forthcoming Batch “C” Service year. NYSC authority refused or neglected to provide any reason for their action, even upon persistent inquiries, until yesterday, 17 October, when they released a letter attempting to justify their actions.
The reason they gave was that some graduates had falsified or provided wrong data about their ages in their desperation to participate in the scheme,” Hon. Jev said.
While several lawmakers supported the motion such as Edward Pwajok from Plateau State, Pally Iriase from Edo State and Muhammed Monguno from Borno State, others were opposed to it.
Prof. Mojeed Alabi from Osun State stated that the NYSC authority is empowered by the act establishing the body to manage the scheme, arguing that non-mobilization provides the room for exemption letter, therefore, refuting the parallel analogy with former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun and Communications Minister, Bayo Shittu.
Also speaking against the motion, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths, Alexander Akolade from Ekiti State stated that the House should not run into a conclusion on the matter until the Committee is able to conduct investigations into the matter.
When the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, put the motion to question, the ‘ayes’ had it. The Committees on Youths and Legislative Compliance were therefore mandated to ensure compliance with the directive.