The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim has met with Registrars of 158 foreign universities in Africa.
He accused some of these institutions of selling their certificates for between N300,000 and N500,000 each to unqualified Nigerians which are thereafter sent in by these corps-producing institutions to participate in the one-year national service.
The NYSC Boss made this known in Abuja on Thursday at a meeting with the Registrars of the African institutions.
Ibrahim said henceforth only graduates whose academic certificates were authenticated by the Nigerian consulates in those contries of study would be accepted for national service.
Giving a breakdown of these African-based universities, the DG stated that sixty of them were based in Republic of Benin, fifteen in Cameroon, two in Chad, forty-one in Ghana, five in Guine and four in Ivory Coast.
According to him, other universities are based in Niger, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Togo.
“We have observed in recent years that the quality of graduates presenting themselves for mobilisation for the national service from foreign institutions, especially in Africa, did not meet the needed manpower quality to actualise our national dream.
“In recent times, there has been an upsurge in the number of graduates who cannot defend their degree certificates. Some tertiary institutions simply sell their degree/Higher National Diploma certificates to persons who never passed through any academic rigour.
“We have evidence of persons who possess original of such certificates and transcripts from some universities that are represented here. We have reliably been informed that such certificates and transcripts cost between N300,000 and N500,000.
“Therefore, with effect from the 2019 Batch C service year, only graduates whose academic certificates are authenticated by the Nigerian consulates in these countries of study will be accepted for national service.
Furthermore, all institutions found culpable in the sale of degree certificates will be blacklisted, the NYSC DG stated.