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A University Sent 27 Groundnut Sellers For Youth Service — JAMB Registrer

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Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, yesterday accused the
management of an unnamed tertiary institution of sending
the names of over 27 groundnut sellers to his organisation
for regularization and mobilisation for the one-year
compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The revelation came on the heels of the management of the
NYSC accusing the management of tertiary institutions of
frustrating full deployment of ICT in the
mobilisation of corps members. Ojerinde, who made the
remark at the 2015 Batch ‘A’ Pre-mobilisation Workshop in
Abkhaz yesterday, argued that he equally
experienced some frustration from higher institutions and
even his board members when he introduced the same
biometrics in the conduct of JAMB examination.
“It is good that I have this opportunity to speak to the
representatives of the higher institutions. I want to ask
whether this trend of mobilising unqualified prospective
corps members into the NYSC scheme was this how you
were mobilised during your own days.?
“There is a university where over 5,000 graduates were
mobilised. We have to make a commitment to sanitise the
system by doing the appropriate thing. There were 27
persons a particular institution mobilised for NYSC selling
‘pepper nut’ or groundnut in front of the university.
“A corps member was posted to JAMB to serve, the director
under which he would serve said he could not write his
name. We wondered how could that be and invited him to
my office, asked him which university he attended, he simply
replied ‘na UNN. I called the NYSC coordinator in Bwari to
come and take your thing because I know he is not a corps
member,” he said.
Similarly, the Director General of the NYSC, Brig General J.
B. Olawumi, in his opening remarks, accused some CPIs of
not living up to the agreement of appropriately sensitising
their graduating students on the benefits of the newly
introduced ICT registration platform.

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