The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, Thursday, decried the increase in certificate forgery cases especially with the foreign graduates, saying it is a worrying situation.
The NYSC boss, who spoke during the 2020 Batch A pre-mobilisation workshop held in Asaba, Delta State, said the Corps under his leadership has been able to apprehend many who present themselves for mobilisation with fake certificates.
He expressed worry over the number of Nigerians involved in fraudulent foreign degree certificates, saying such certificates could do more harm to the socio-economic life of the country if the holders were inadvertently employed to man strategic affairs in the country.
According to the DG, it is this development that has informed the theme of the workshop: “Effective stakeholders engagement for a seamless NYSC Mobilisation process.”
He disclosed plans by NYSC scheme to prosecute anybody who is found in the act of certificate forgery, advising parents to ensure that their wards, who studied overseas, apply for the compulsory national service back home.
In his address while declaring the workshop open, the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said the state would continue to support the scheme.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Youth, Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuyanga, commended the Director-General for his efforts in nipping the spate of fake certificates in the bud, urging him to do more for a better Nigeria.