Online Registration: Our Good Intentions Have Been Misinterpreted – NYSC DG

Nigerians have misinterpreted the good intention of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), when it decided to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members.

The Director General of Brigadier General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, said this in reaction to the criticisms that trailed the introduction of the online registration for prospective corp members.

“It is not true that corps members are being asked to pay to serve their country. Far from it. The NYSC and the government appreciate the enormous sacrifice that corps members have made, and continue to make, for the unity and the development of this country,” said Olawumi.

He said based on feedbacks and requests from past corps members, the initiative was conceived and designed to lessen the costs and risks associated with corps members travelling to their schools to pick up call-up letters.

“It should be remembered that prospective corps members become the responsibility of NYSC when they show up in orientation camps, not before. So, prospective corps members (not NYSC) have always borne the costs of travelling to get their call-up letters. This has not changed and no extra burden has been imposed on our prospective corps members.

“While those who want to physically pick up their call-up letters from their schools are still allowed to do so, this initiative has created an extra option for those who wish to access their call-up letters online. It has empowered prospective corps members to make their choice, based on their situations, preferences and assessments of the opportunity costs involved.

“Paying N4,000 to process call-up letters online is a choice for those who prefer that option. It is not a condition for national service. So, no one is being asked to pay to serve, as those who do not pay will also undertake their national service without any form of discrimination or sanction,” he said.

He added that “The N4,000 is not just for printing call-up letters. It is for the entire package of online registration, which requires the deployment of IT hardware and software and personnel to orientation camps all over the country but which also gives those who subscribe to it the advantage of processing their registration online, saving time during registration at the orientation camps and allowing them to use their thumbprints to identify themselves in case they lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters.

“In the past, corps members who lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters had to go through a cumbersome process of swearing affidavits, getting validation from their schools which takes time and may force them to enlist on another batch. With online registration, those who are unfortunate to lose their letters can identify themselves with their fingerprints. So the N4,000 fee is for the entire process and package of benefits.”

Olawumi said the initiative was not to extort prospective corps members, and it was designed with all sense of fairness and sensitivity.

7 COMMENTS

  1. It is unfair. Have pity on parents who struggled to train their children, remember we were never exploited during our university days. If neco & waec could issue result checking scratch card @ less than one thousand naira ,what is nysc saying

  2. Big extortion if I will say. Since they will still go to their various schs to collect their statement of result. There is nothing like risk reduction abeg don’t fool us.

  3. Pls I think we shld undrstd.did thud noble idea n accpt it.whether somebody is poor or not,one must go to his or her schl to pk call up letters.thousands spends over 10k to do ths n many die or become deform doing this bcos of distance.u live in east bt schl in west or north,a lot more than 4k go into picking d call up letter n mostly students in a particular schl come frm outside.those who live around can pk at their schools.great idea pls,

  4. @Ladi, I think is only u that have sense in ur coment, since d 4k is optional, not by force nd not mandatory, the new invention is good. Some travel to schl nd died nd d road nd even d cost of traveling to some schls are higher than 4k, even within same region, ie, within south to south or west to west,one can spend more than 4k for to nd fro. So prospective corpmember can choose which ever pleases then,since they are not mumu nd they are graduate already,so they can choose their choice

  5. no doubt the idea is good it helps alot… But if the nysc wants to help us then they should atleast lower the price considering that some of us died for this country.how much would it cost this our country if they also consider lowering the price..its a good idea but we r als part of it now..we have strived & should be considered too…if the want to help let them help…some parents feed from mouth to mouth to train children..some corpers die on roads ..now they’ve brought a way out we are glad but must we pay this much? How much is it to post a call up letter…how much to print that they charge this much?… Well i hope im making sense…i pray we get to that place where we can boldly say we are better

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