OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Youth Development and Legislative Compliance to ensure that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) rescinds its decision to prevent qualified Benue State University (BSU) graduates from participating in the NYSC scheme.
The House noted that the NYSC’s conduct had brought untold hardship on many innocent graduates who are eager to serve the nation.
This follows a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved during plenary by Mr. Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue).
While moving the motion, Orker-Jev informed the house that the NYSC refused to provide any reason for their actions even after persistent inquires until yesterday 17 October 2018, when they released a letter attempting to justify their actions.
Speaking to our correspondent after plenary, Orker-Jev said NYSC stated that the reason for the suspension of the BSU graduates from participating in the forthcoming Batch “C” service year had to do with falsification of documents and provision of wrong data about their age in the desperation to participate in the scheme.
He further clarified that only one or two persons were found to have committed the act but the NYSC decided to punish over 126 innocent people who were expected to mobilise for the scheme.
“As a lawyer, by profession, I would not condone any act of misconduct and therefore I’m not in support of those persons found wanting but I will not agree with NYSC for reasons that innocent persons are been punished,” he stated.
Some lawmakers who contributed to the motion said that the NYSC has acted beyond their jurisdiction and, therefore, should be made to revise their decision.
Mr. Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau) argued that the NYSC’s actions contravene the mandates establishing it as embedded in the NYSC Act. According to him: “Any malfeasance by any student should have been treated individually.”
However, Mr. Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun) countered this point, stating that the NYSC, being a national service established by law and guided by rules of conduct, should be allowed to determine who is qualified to take part in national service without external meddling.
While passing the motion the House urged for immediate mobilisation of the prospective corps members to participate in the Batch ‘C’ scheme coming up next month.