The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), has de-listed graduates of eight universities in Benin Republic, Niger and Cameroon from participating in the 2021 Batch “A” orientation course.
It was gathered that the universities, most of which award degrees a few months after matriculation, are also called “Cotonou Universities”.
In a circular containing the ban, dated March 5, 2021 and addressed to State/FCT Coordinators and sighted by newsmen, the reason for their de-listment was not officially stated.
It however instructed that all D & R and foreign trained verification officers in states should take note.
The affected institutions are Al-Nahda International University, Niger Republic; Ecole Superieur Sainte Felicite, Benin Republic; Ecole Superieur D Administration et D ‘Economics, Benin Republic and Ecole Superieur DEnseignement Professionelle Le Berger – ESEP Le Berger in Benin Republic and; Ecole Superieur St. Louis DAfrique (Benin Republic).
Others are Institute Superieur de Comm. Dord Et De Management – ISFOP of Benin Republic and the International University, Bamenda in Cameroon.
Recently, the Director General of the NYSC, Shuaibu Ibrahim, accused universities in Benin Republic of presenting unqualified persons for its one-year mandatory national service.
Cable news reports that Mr Ibrahim, a brigadier-general, stated that NYSC had begun investigations into the activities of the universities involved in the fraudulent practice.
The National Youth Service Corps is a programme set up by the Nigerian government to foster unity, involve Nigerian graduates in nation building and the development of the country.