The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, on Friday asserted that about six members of the staff of the scheme facing disciplinary actions for conspiring with corps members to fraudulently abstain from the service would be sacked or dismissed from the service to serve as a deterrent to others.
This is coming on the heels of its launch of the use of biometric to monitor corps members.
Olawumi, who spoke at the demonstration of biometric technology for the conduct of monthly clearance of corps members in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday, failed to reveal the identity of those involved.
However, he said the exercise would cover all serving corps members starting from 2014 Batch ‘C’.
He further explained that the biometric clearance would kick off in Lagos State and FCT this month, while extension would be to other states of the federation as from next year.
Olawumi while allaying fear of the public and corps members on the exercise, assured them that it is going to be user friendly and not impose additional sufferings on them.
In his remarks, the Director of Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mr Michael Ahile, noted that with the increasing number of corps members annually, “the task of effectively monitoring all the corps members nation-wide has remained a major challenge to the scheme.”
He said: “With the use of biometric to monitor corps members, the NYSC would be able to effectively check cases of absenteeism, submission of monthly clearance letters by proxy, signing of community development service (CDS) attendance register by proxy and other forms of indiscipline among corps members.”
The Executive Director of Sigma Technologies, the operator of the biometrics, Mr Hassan Alao, disclosed that the innovation would expose those who registered by proxy online.
Alao therefore urged corps members to note of the finger used for registration during orientation camp exercise.
According to him, at the end of the clearance, it will be loaded to the ‘cloud’ for the DG, Finance and other departments in the NYSC headquarter in Abuja to see the number of corps members cleared from each local government in the country for payment.