The National Youth Service Corps has announced its decision to prosecute its present and past corps members found to have participated in the scheme illegally.
The Director-General of the scheme, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this during the inauguration of the NYSC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja.
The NYSC DG said;
“The management of the scheme has intensified efforts at ensuring that any sort of infringement on the provisions of its enabling laws is prevented through the enforcement of it general operational guidelines,” he said.
“Therefore, those who attempt to illegally participate in the programme of the scheme or had participated in the past through fraudulent means will be prosecuted when discovered.
“It must also be noted that the scheme will not entertain any request for respite or leniency by those who deliberately participate illegally in its programme and are seeking restitution for their past fraudulent acts.
“We will always allow the law to take its course on such matters through the prosecution of such persons and organisations/institutions who aided and abetted them.”
He commended the efforts of the ICPC for initiating the ACTU in every government organisation, as it would help promote transparency in institutions. To this end he said;
“The conceptualisation of the ACTU as a unit in every government organisation by the ICPC is, therefore, a laudable step at involving other stakeholders in this onerous task,”he added.