Following the re-inclusion of Monotechnics students into the National Youth Service Corps CNYSC) scheme after eight years of exclusion, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had ordered that graduates of the institutions from 2001 to 2008 be issued with exemption certificates.
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Maharazu Ismail Tsiga, who disclosed this in Abuja, while meeting with Heads of Monotechnics and specialized institutions producing Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates said the exemption certificate can be tendered while job hunting.
It could be recalled that the Federal Government under the leadership of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, introduced the exclusion policy through a pronouncement by the then Minister of Women Affairs and Youth Development, Mrs. Becky Igwe on Wednesday October 11, 2000.
The DG attributed lack of commitment and truancy on the part of corps members, rejection by employers and undue pressure on the management of the scheme to exclude this category of graduates.
Tsiga also noted that the policy was introduced in order to enable NYSC operate an enviable and dynamic scheme that could adequately cope with the challenges of national service and as well bring corps population to a manageable size that would not over-stretch the financial capability of government.
The DG lauded Yar’Adua for the gesture which would serve as a reassurance to the youth. However, he noted that some challenges would come up in the course of implementing the policy and called for the cooperation and partnership of stakeholders in tertiary institutions.
“This is because this exercise requires that data of the graduates that have been stockpiled in these institutions over the last eight years have to be meticulously compiled and processed for national service and issuance of Exempted Certificate as the case may be.”
“Therefore, all the officers that will be saddled with the responsibility of processing the data must adopt the attitude of zero tolerance for error and needless omission,” Tsiga said.
He, however, saluted the courage, patriotism and patience of the affected graduates who have shown understanding and adopted positive and non-violence approach towards the realization of their desire to partake in national service with their compatriots.