The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) can now detect Fake Corps Members with the the online registration system.

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, made this known weekend in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting on the NYSC e-registration.

Olawumi, disclosed that fake intending corps members were prevented from enrolling through the online registration system.

The Director General who insisted that due process was followed in the deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure for the scheme, said it was important for the NYSC to embrace the modern ICT system in the technology-driven world.

Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi

Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi

He explained that the system would eliminate fraud, avoidable deaths in the encountered in the mobilisation processes.

“It becomes antithetical for the NYSC to have retained the antiquated and traditional manual mobilisation processes with the attendant shortcomings and associated problems, rather than embracing a global phenomenon that eliminates errors and saves time,” he said.

Olawumi added that; “The prospective corps members have equally faced the treachery of fraudsters who extort money from them in the name of NYSC without remorse, frustration in collection of call-up letters, cloning of lost call-up letters for the purpose of fake camps and stealing of call-up letters from schools.”

He however said the pilot e-mobilisation exercise was a huge success, as it forms a paradigm shift from the old system.

“During the last Batch ‘C’ Mobilisation and Orientation exercise, we tested the project and it was a huge departure from the past as prospective corps members went online to register, while Corps Producing Institutions simply sent the Senate approved results which were uploaded. Those who qualified for mobilisation and chose the option of accessing the infrastructure, were promptly notified by e-mail and immediately received Call-up numbers online instead of travelling to their schools,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU), Mrs. Martilda Nnodim who represented the Corps members producing institutions at the forum lauded the initiative, noting that there was need for NYSC to go digital in their mobilisation processes.

Nnodim said that the innovation was a wake-up call, which has finally pushed the universities to successfully pursue the digitalisation of their processes.

“A student that registers and take JAMB examinations on-line, there is something wrong if he comes back to do NYSC mobilisation in analogue pattern. If don’t try something new, don’t cry for success. I believe that with the successes recorded, by the next mobilisation, we will get more than 26 per cent. I have to tell you that from our experiences, prospective corps members pay more than N4,000 because they come to school, they move around, eat, transport themselves,” he stated.

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