NYSC, JAMB unite to tackle admission irregularities
Govt assures corps members of safety during orientation
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have come together to tackle admission irregularities.
This followed a complaint by the NYSC to JAMB on abuse of regularisation of admission by corps members producing institutions, thereby making the mobilisation of prospective ones difficult.
According to NYSC’s letter to the universities admission body: “JAMB should revise the window of post-graduation regularisation by introducing measures that will make it impossible for institutions to abuse the regularisation of admissions process.”
It is now mandatory for all graduates to be cleared by JAMB before to qualify for mobilization by the NYSC.
During a meeting of the two executives in Abuja, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede confirmed the abuse but noted that the board had taken measures to address the issue.
Quoting the NYSC letter, Oloyede lamented the rate some students are desperate to regularise their admission.
He said a new template has been designed by the board for all candidates who need to be regularised and is to be completed online.
Oloyede added that after completing the forms online, a candidate would print an indemnity form, which must be endorsed by his/her Vice Chancellor/Rector/Provost and submitted to the state JAMB office.
The don disclosed that from the last quarter of 2016, they received 953 applications for change of date of birth with 77 out of it approved. 68 applications for change of state/local government area, 39 applications approved, 518 applications for correction of name and 423 approved.
Meanwhile, as the NYSC opens camps today nationwide for the two weeks orientation exercise, the Federal Government has assured parents and guardians of the safety of their children.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung said NYSC camps across the country had been adequately protected and upgraded to make them habitable for the corps members.
Dalung gave the assurance yesterday at the official commissioning of four-field operational vehicles at the NYSC directorate headquarters in Abuja.
The Director General of the NYSC, Brig-General Suleiman Kazaure, solicited the cooperation of JAMB to have access to the number of students admitted on a yearly basis.
He declared support for the idea of tripartite meeting of JAMB, National Universities Commission (NUC) and NYSC to address the irregularities, stating that it is unfortunate that some institutions have been sending part-time graduates for mobilisation.