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New digital platform in place at NYSC to hang ghost Corps members from April

As part of ongoing digitization of government establishments, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has introduced a biometric technology for the corps members’ monthly clearance in South West.

The key role of the platform which is planned for nationwide use soon is to track the observed excesses of corps members who do not resume to their place of assignment and check the activities of absenteeism and “ghost” corps members in places of primary assignment.

The use of the platform in the clearance of corps members will commence in April 2017 in the South-West states.

Brig. Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, director-general, NYSC, made this known weekend, while declaring open a training programme on the biometric clearance for field officers of the South-West states in Ibadan.

NYSC said the agency is relying on the successful pilot test at the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos State as well as its take-off in the North-West and South-East states.

Kazaure, represented by Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, director of Corps Welfare and Inspectorate stressed the importance of the platform, saying “the use of bio-metrics for mobilisation and registration of corps members at orientation camps had helped to fast-track the process, and reduced impersonation and registration of ineligible graduates”.

Explaining more, director of ICT, Mrs. Christy Uba, said the biometric clearance system was designed to enhance adequate monitoring and monthly clearance of Corps members including CDS at their places of primary assignment using their fingerprints and personal data.

According to her, “It keeps records of absenteeism, and checkmates truancy, impersonation and other vices, which tend to undermine the aims and objectives of the Scheme; hence the need to equip our LGIs with the requisite knowledge of how this module functions”.