Following controversy trailing introduction of the N4,000 levied on prospective corps members for the online printing of call-up letters which include services and infrastructure deployed by the collaborating firm, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the weekend said that services were optional and not compulsory.
Director of Corps Mobilisation of the Scheme, Anthony Ani, who briefed newsmen in Abuja, stated that the services which include receipt of call-up numbers through email/sms, printing or re-printing of call-up letters online, explained that the service was not compulsory.
According to him, prospective corps members who would rather choose to collect call-up letters from their respective institutions need not pay the stipulated fee.
Speaking on benefits of the initiative, Ani said that apart from easing the collection of call-up letters, the services will help eliminate irregularities which include the mobilisation of unqualified members, lack of proper record of those mobilised, tedious process on registration in camps and service evasion by corp members.
He said the scheme had partnered a private company, Messrs SIDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited for the full computerisation of the mobilisation process, adding that choice of the company was based on its track record performance with JAMB and WAEC.
Ani stated that the platform was introduced to bring in sanity and credibility into the Scheme, submitting that payment would be made using ATM cards or paying cash in any bank in the country.
“We had 49 companies that bid for this. After everything, only three companies met the requirement. The financial biding took place and it was sent to the BPP. At the end, SIDMACH was chosen and we were given certificate of no objection. The project was based on PPP. As of 2012 with the proposal, the project cost over N830m.
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