• The Director of Press and Public Relations Unit of the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs. A.O. Aderibigbe, has told final year students of the University of Ilorin warming up to be mobilised into the NYSC scheme that they have the choice to do either the manual or online registration against their mobilsation  for the youth service in October.

    Mrs. Aderibigbe, who made this clarification last Wednesday (March 4, 2015) at the University Auditorium   while giving an orientation lecture to final year students of the University, explained that both methods of registration have their advantages and disadvantages.

    According to her, while the manual registration has no financial implication, the prospective corps members will need to manually fill forms upon reporting at the camp and such prospective corps members would have to swear to an affidavit in court and obtain a police report in case they lose their call-up letter.  On the other hand, the online registration attracts a fee of N3,000 and it enables  corps members to print the call-up letter as many times as they may desire.

    The Director explained that the national youth service includes orientation programme, primary assignment, secondary assignment in the form of Community Development, winding –up and the passing out. She emphasised that corps members are posted to Agriculture, Education, Infrastructure and rural health sectors for their primary assignments.

    While speaking on those who are eligible to serve, Mrs. Aderibigbe said that they must be holders of Bachelor’s degree or holders of the Higher National Diploma degree and must be less than 30 years of age at  the time they are writing their final year examinations. She also noted that students who have served in the police force or the military for not less than nine months are also exempted but students who are members of the para-military forces are not exempted. She added that there is room for concessional posting for married ladies, for corps members posted to Borno, Yobeor Adamawa states and for certain health challenges.

    In his address at the event, the Dean,  Student Affairs, Prof. O.A. Omotesho, told the prospective corps members to look forward to life-long networks and relationships to be made during the  service year. He recalled that his service in Owerri gave him some faithful friends.

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