The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) unveiled a new and improved discharge certificate on Tuesday which will henceforth be issued to corps members at the conclusion of the mandatory one year national service.
Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Olawumi Johnson while presenting prototype of the certificate to journalists yesterday in Abuja, noted that the certificate had been improved to check forgery and impersonation.
Olawunmi, who was represented by the acting Director in charge of Certification, Alhaji Aliu Taura, explained that the new certificate would be embossed with the carrier’s photograph in line with the global best practices.According to Olawumi, the issuance of the new NYSC certificate would take effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, who will be passing out on Thursday.
“In our concerted effort to make the operation of the NYSC conform with global best practices, the scheme engaged in the holistic e-nysc solution with effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014 where prospective members register online before proceeding to the orientation camp. This resulted in the enhancement of issuance of NYSC certificates namely; Certificate of National Service, Certificate of Exemption and Letter of Exclusion.
“With effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, all certificate of National Service bear passport photograph of the corps members at the upper right hand corner of the certificate. “This is to guarantee the security of our certificates from forgery and to block all chances of impersonation. Therefore batch ‘C’ 2014 corps members, who are due to pass-out on 15 October, 2015 will have their certificates embossed with their photograph,” he clarified.
Also speaking, the Director of Press, Mrs Abosede Aderibigbe explained that the Certificate of Exemption is issued to a Full-time graduate, who is above the age of 30 at the time of graduation or such corps member is a staff of security agencies like Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Recipients of National Presidential Honours Award.
For Letter of Exclusion, Aderibigbe further said that it was designed to take care of corps population, who are graduates of Part-time, Distance Learning and Sandwich programmes, adding that issuance of letter of exclusion commenced in 2001, and that, they would be able to register and print their letters on line. She also said that verification of NYSC certificate could now be done electronically.
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