Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja, the
Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson
Olawumi said the scheme took the step to wage
war against forgery and impersonation.
“In our concerted effort to make the operation of
the NYSC conform with global best practices, the
scheme engaged in the holistic ‘e-NYSC solution’
with effect from batch ‘C’ 2014, where
prospective corps members register online
before proceeding to the orientation camps.
“This resulted in the enhancement of issuance of
NYSC certificates namely: Certificate of National
Service, Certificate of Exemptions, and Letters of
“With effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, all certificates
of national service bear passport photographs of
the corps member at the upper right hand corner
of the certificate.
“This is to guarantee the security of our
certificates from forgery and to block all
chances of impersonation.
“Therefore, Batch ‘C’ 2014 corps members, who
are due to pass-out on Thursday, 15 October
2015, will have their certificates embossed with
“Employers are encouraged to forward any
certificate purportedly issued by the scheme for
verification of its authenticity or otherwise.
“Effort is being made by the scheme to also
make the verification of all NYSC certificates to
be automated for easy access by the general
Mr. Olawumi said that asides the passport
photograph the newly improved certificate also
contained a back code with security numbers.
Shielding more light on the categories of the
NYSC certificates, the Director of Press, Mrs
Abosede Aderibigbe said Certificate of
Exemption is issued to a Full-time graduate, who
is above the age of 30 at the time of graduation
or such corps member is a staff of security
agencies like Armed Forces, Nigeria Police,
Department of State
Security, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and
Recipients of National Presidential Honours
For Letter of Exclusion, Aderibigbe further said
that it was designed to take care of corps
population, who are graduates of Part-time,
Distance Learning and Sandwich programmes,
adding that issuance of letter of exclusion
commenced in 2001, and that, they would be
able to register and print their letters on
line. She noted that the scheme had gone digital,
therefore verification of NYSC certificate could
now be done electronically.
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