The House of Representatives, on Thursday, asked the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) authority to rescind its decision to suspend the Benue State University (BSU) from further participation in the corps’ scheme.
The lawmakers, who described the action as illegal, said the decision to ban the school from its mobilisation because of the alleged misconduct of a few could not hold.
The resolution was sequel to a motion, under matter(s) of urgent public importance, by the Chairman, Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Orker-Jev, at the plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.
Orker-Jev, who represents Buruku Constituency of Benue State, noted that the NYSC had refused to mobilise graduates of Benue State University for participation in the forthcoming Batch “C” service year.
”The House notes that the Benue State University which has been in existence since 1992 has been before now actively participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme without let or hindrance and her graduates have been doing well in their different fields of endeavour.
”The House is concerned that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) authority refused or neglected to provide any reason for their action even upon persistent inquiries until yesterday, 17th October, 2018, when they released a letter attempting to justify their action.
”The House is further concerned that the reason the NYSC authority gave for stopping Benue State University graduates from participating in the mandatory service year was that some graduates had falsified or provided wrong data about their age in their desperation to participate in the scheme.
”The House is worried that the conduct of the NYSC authority has brought untold hardship on many innocent graduates who have not been included in the allegations but are eager to serve the nation,” he said.
Some of the lawmakers in support of the motion included Reps Goni Lawal, Abdulrazak Namdas, Edward Pwajok, among others.
While Reps Segun Adekola, Mojeed Alabi, etc, urged the House to invite the NYSC management before passing the blame on the agency.
For Rep Namdas (APC-Adamawa), it is important that students who graduated and had no issue with their academic work were mobilised for the exercise.
Deputy Chief Whip, Pally Iriase (APC-Edo), who also supported Orker-Jev, stressed the importance of national service in the country.
”The NYSC scheme is very important in Nigeria. Only recently, a minister lost her job due to controversy surrounding her certificate,” he said.
He called on the NYSC management not to go ahead with the decision.
However, the Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, Segun Adekola, urged the House not to blame the agency until an investigation was conducted to unravel the reason behind the action.
When the Speaker, Mr Dogara, put the matter on a voice vote, the lawmakers unanimously backed the sponsor of the motion.
The House therefore called on the NYSC to immediately mobilise the prospective corps members to participate in the impending Batch “C” scheme coming up next month.
It also mandated the Committees on Youth Development and Legislative Compliance to ensure that the agency complied with the resolution within one week.