The National Youth Service Corps has come out to defends the online registration it introduced for the mobilisation of corps members.

The introduction of the online registration is for the betterment of corps members and is also meant to eradicate the problems that graduates pass through in obtaining call-up letters from their institutions.

The board’s spokesperson, Mrs. Olubunmi Aderibigbe, in a statement on Monday said the initiative was also made to save potential corps members from untimely death that could be occasioned by the security challenges in some states.

She also argued that the process would prevent the forgery of call up letters.


Aderibigbe said, “The attention of the board of the NYSC has been drawn to some reports which suggest a misunderstanding of the online registration for the mobilisation of corps members and the rationale behind it. We hasten to say that the whole idea is not only noble but is indeed designed in the best interest of the corps members.

“Given the security challenge in some states of the federation and the observed cumbersome process of collection of call-up letters in most institutions, the idea was conceived to remove all impediments that make the mobilisation process a nightmare for the graduates.

We saw no need why any graduate should have to travel hundreds of kilometres with all the associated risks, just to collect his or her call-up letter.

By registering online, the idea that any unscrupulous official could make the process of collection of call-up letter difficult for corps members will also be eliminated.”

Aderibigbe added that the scheme would afford foreign trained Nigerian graduates to have a seamless opportunity to participate in national service as the barrier of distance had been eliminated.

“The online registration will also create a more reliable platform for storage and retrieval of data for participating graduates, removal of the excruciating registration experiences in camps for both corps members and officials, provision of back-up services for the NYSC Integrated system and provision of Web-based NYSC Integrated System Software covering prospective corps members registration, mobilisation, deployment and the provision of web-based finger-print software interface for verification,” she added.

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