The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has banned Benue State University and the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, from sending their students for the mandatory one-year national service. Recent reports revealed that NYSC exempted students of Benue State University and the University of Agriculture, Makurdi from the recent mobilization for the 2018 Batch ‘C’.
Further investigation revealed that NYSC banned the two universities on the discovery of evidence of age manipulation by some students and negligence by the universities.
It was also discovered that the Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, Professor Moses Kembe met with NYSC officials in a meeting to plead for leniency as the ban will affect all graduating students of the two universities.
Though the meeting ended in a deadlock, Professor Kembe had maintained that the university management was not involved in age manipulation. He further explained that the age limits were manipulated by the students themselves.
However, it seems Professor Kembe’s appeal and explanation was not enough to solve the issue as NYSC eventually proceeded to punish the universities allegedly involved in the act by placing a two-year ban on the universities.
Findings have revealed none of the current graduates from the universities has been able to access the NYSC portal to process their NYSC registration.
Some of the affected students have come forward to express their displeasure with the decision taken by NYSC, when speaking with newsmen, one of the affected students by the name Matthew Eboh said, ”Sometimes, I feel NYSC does not understand the plight of the common Nigerian. How logical is it to place a ban that will affect innocent students for two years? Why don’t they ban the suspected students instead of the whole school? I doubt if they thought of this decision.”
Another affected student by the name Vitalis Alabi said ”I never believed this news but if it happens that the news is true, then how can they punish the innocent students; forgery is an offence against the law; so if some students forged their age in order to go for NYSC, they should be arrested and prosecuted in the law court and if the authority is aware but didn’t fish out those responsible, they should also be arrested and prosecuted for abetting crime instead of punishing the whole students.”
Ben Pever, another affected student of Benue State University said; ”On the NYSC Ban on BSU, the NYSC should limit its punishment to only the culprits. Why are they punishing the innocent majority for the offence of a few? The innocent students who are affected should not just keep quiet. Approach the courts for judicial review. Petition the National Assembly. The action of the NYSC Management is unacceptable and ought to be challenged.”
It is uncertain if NYSC will lift the ban anytime soon as all efforts to get a statement from the Scheme has been fruitless.