It also advised employers to present the NYSC Certificates of their existing employees to the Scheme for authentication.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this today in Abuja, while declaring open Corps Legal Aid Workshop, with the theme, “Harnessing the Potentials of the Corps Lawyers for Improved Legal Aid Services.”
The Director-General revealed that this is in line with the provisions of Section 12, Sub-Sections 1 and 2 of the NYSC Act, which states, “For the purposes of employment anywhere in the Federation, and before employment, it shall be the duty of every prospective employer to demand and obtain from any person who claims to have obtained his first degree at the end of the academic year 1973-74 or, as the case may be, at the end of any subsequent academic year the following.”
“A copy of the Certificate of National Service of such person issued pursuant to section 11 of NYSC Act, a copy of any exemption certificate issued to such person pursuant to section 17 of NYSC Act; and such other particulars relevant thereto as may be prescribed by under the Act”.
Ibrahim called on the Legal Officers and Corps Lawyers to redouble their efforts at enlightening the general public on the provisions of the NYSC Act.
He predicated that on the need to elicit greater commitment to the performance of Stakeholders’ roles, as it would also help curtail infractions such as evasion of service, failure to report to camp within the period indicated on the Call-Up-Letter, abscondment, as well as presentation of ineligible persons or fake academic credentials for mobilization.
“In the same vein, Legal Officers are expected to step up sensitization of Corps Members on the provisions of both the Act and the NYSC Bye-Law during Orientation Course.’
“I urge you to use the Corps Legal Aid Service platforms to sustain your enlightenment of Nigerians on their civic rights and responsibilities” Ibrahim said.
The Director-General commended the Legal Officers and Corps Lawyers for the numerous achievements recorded over the years, especially in complementing Government’s efforts towards decongesting the correctional centres.
He advised the workshop participants to synergize with a view to evolving strategies that will enable them break new grounds.
Ibrahim added that the Management will continue to harness the potentials of the Corps Lawyers for improved Legal Aid Services to indigent members of the society and to harmonize the operations of the Corps Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) in all the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He commended the Corps Legal Aid Group for handling litigations on behalf of indigent accused persons, who are standing trials for minor criminal offences as well as payment of court fines for some prison inmates who could not afford same.
The Chief Executive equally appreciated them for championing public enlightenment programmes through seminars/workshops, radio/television talk shows on legal matters, among others.
The Director, Legal Services, Barrister Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim said the workshop would provide a veritable platform for the Corps Lawyers and Legal Officers in the Scheme to acquire new knowledge and skill in the Information and Communication Technology aspect of the law so as to enhance service delivery.
There were goodwill messages from the Legal Aid Council, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria Information Technological Development Agency among other stakeholders.
EMPLOYERS TO DEMAND FOR CERTIFICATE OF NATIONAL SERVICE OR EXEMPTION FROM GRADUATES IN NIGERIA.
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