The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, said some graduates who can neither read nor write are under investigation
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The scheme’s Director General, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, disclosed this when he paid an official visit to the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, at the commission’s headquarters, a statement released by the Corps’ Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said.
Ibrahim decried the grinding corruption that pervaded the educational system saying some institutions, particularly in Benin Republic, were in the habit of selling certificates to desperate Nigerians, who in turn used it to participate in the NYSC scheme.
The NYSC chief also noted with concern the unwholesome practices of unqualified graduates circumventing the system in order to participate in the scheme.
He lamented the high rate of illiterate graduates, saying the Corps is suspicious of the certificates they parade and has launched investigation into how some of them came about it.
“Mr. Chairman, it is very unfortunate that some institutions of higher learning, particularly in Cotonou, Benin Republic, present to us people who didn’t go to the four walls of the university as graduates for mobilisation.
“Currently, we are investigating some of such so-called graduates, many of whom cannot write or spell any word in English,” Ibrahim was quoted in the statement as saying.