A Nigerian lady, identified as Gloria Adjei has cried out after she was allegedly denied her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate following her completion of the mandatory one-year scheme.
Gloria took to her Instagram page on Thursday to narrate her ordeal as 2018 Batch C Stream 1 corps members passed out of the scheme yesterday.
She said she was denied the certificate because she graduated from a foreign university.
The NYSC Decree of 1973 says:
“Every Nigerian below the age of 30 years who has completed his first degree at any university in Nigeria is liable to be called upon to serve in the service corps for a continuous period of one year.”
Failure to serve the country is a criminal offense punishable under section 13 of the NYSC Decree which reads:
“A person who refuses to make himself available for service in the service corps continuously for the period specified in subsection (2) of this section is guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine of N2, 000 or to imprisonment for a term of 12 months or to both.”
She narrated via her IG handle @Gloriahadjei:
“I have served this country for a year, with dedication and selflessness, only to be deprived of my certificate because I’m a foreign graduate who studied in Benin Republic,” she lamented.
“Why make us waste money and time going to the POP venue when our certificate won’t be given to us? THIS IS NOT FAIR.”
Graduates of foreign universities have been known to partake in the mandatory scheme, but it is unclear if they’ve all been denied the discharge certificate as Gloria’s case.