Determined to tackle the problems associated with the deployment of prospective corps members for national service, amid inherent corruption in the process, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has pledged to employ the use of integrated computer data system to streamline the scheme in line with the present administration’s zero-tolerance to corruption.
NYSC Director General, Brig-General JB Olawumi, who gave the pledge yesterday in Owerri, Imo State during a keynote address at a pre-mobilisation workshop for Batch ‘A’ corps members, said the process is to equip the NYSC management and corps members with the technical knowledge involved in the deployment of prospective corpers for effective national service.
According to him, “Considering the importance of having very credible data in the mobilization process, the Scheme, for the very first time, gathered all the Data Entry (ICT) officers from the Corps Producing Institutions and trained them particularly on the rudiments of the on-line collation and uploading of the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result list of their graduates.
“This is part of the efforts by the Management of NYSC at filling the gaps noticed in the previous submissions of institutions, thereby enhancing the efficiency of the ICT solution for the good of all the users,” the DG said, urging all the students affairs officers, SAOs to go back home and marry their knowledge of the initiative with that of their data entry officers, DEOs, to overcome the challenges that hitherto be-devilled their submissions.
Describing the workshop theme: “The Role of Stakeholders in Sustaining the Gains of the NYSC Computerized Mobilization Process” as timely, Brig-General Olawumi recalled that at a pre-mobilization training in Kaduna last year he recommended the involvement of prospective corps members in the deployment exercise, without infringing upon the NYSC Act; explaining that the implementation of that resolution has brought appreciable sanity to the process, as “unwholesome practices associated with deployment to choice states by corps members have been drastically reduced, if not eliminated.
“Let me assure you that management will continue to improve on the software to ensure that our mobilisation process is impeccable and corruption-free.”
The NYSC boss further explained that, in the effort to ensure data integrity and eliminate the errors linked with the collation and uploading of the data of prospective corps members, the NYSC has moved a step further to train the data entry officers who have the knowledge of ICT from the corps producing institutions, instead of leaving the whole issue for the students affairs officers, some of whom are not conversant with data entry procedures.
While commending Governor Rochas Okorocha for his support to the NYSC activities, the DG appealed for speed-up of the construction of the Orientation Camp in the state, which he noted is at the verge of completion, acknowledging: “Imo is one of the leading corps producing states in the country, it must, therefore, join the list of states with befitting orientation camps in no distant time.”
Earlier in his remark, Director, Corps Mobilisation Department, Mr. A.C Ani, commended the DG, Gen. Olawumi, for his determination, resilience and vision in driving the mobilisation and the NYSC reform process.
Mr Ani observed the key challenges associated with the deployment of corps members to include, assigning of one matriculation number to two or more graduates; use of invalid/wrong JAMB numbers in data supplied; disparity between uploaded data and data in the hard copy; and mis-match of names of graduates in the uploaded data and those in JAMB data-base.
Other challenges, according to him, involved mis-match of programmes studied and uploaded programmes; changing of signatories to the statements of result at odd times to the detriment of prospective corps members; failure to accept mistakes by CPIs; non registration with professional bodies by prospective corps members, all of which he said must be resolved using the ICT training to enhance a corruption-free service.

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