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Group Hails NYSC Online Registration Platform

Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


ABUJA – Coalition of Civil Society Group (CCSG), a non-governmental organisation, has commended the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Sigmach Technology Limited for the effectiveness of the online registration platform introduced few months ago for prospective corps members.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Mr. Bassey Etuk, the National President of CCSG, said the introduction of the platform has extended the scheme’s deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) beyond just providing corps members with their call up letters, as corps members could now access the NYSC website for their call-up information, download their letters, and register online.

He pointed out that e-registration platform has significantly reduced the incessant travels embarked upon by prospective corps members to get their call-up letters from their schools, adding that it has eliminated registration queues at the orientation camps as well as queues at monthly clearance before payment of allowance and collection of certificates at the end of the service year.

He said the group had to commended the scheme after its assessment of the programme some months after its introduction.

Etuk said the group made it a duty since its introduction to monitor the progress of the online platform so as to ascertain its effectiveness, adding that the beauty of it is that the e-registration is not compulsory.

“Paying to process call-up letters online is totally optional. It is not compulsory. NYSC made it optional because of the realisation that not every corps member will need or can afford it and the merits outweigh any other disadvantage,” he explained.

While throwing more light in the involvement of the group in the entire process, Etuk said Civil Society Organisations, as stakeholders were involved in the introduction of the e-mobilisation when parents, student bodies, and even people from the universities who are not members of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) were brought to deliberate on the effectiveness of the platform.

“We want to say categorically that the issue of e-mobilisation as far as we are concerned is one of the best things that happened to the NYSC. And we will use this opportunity to applaud the handlers, Sidmach, for its expertise.

In his remarks, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, the Secretary of CCSO, urged the Minister of Youth and Sport Development to ensure the continuation of the project, saying that opinion poll conducted by the group in June indicated that 99 per cent of Nigerians welcomed the project.

“We want to pass a vote of confidence in the NYSC and Sidmach Technology on the online registration that started last year.

“We have x-rayed the efficiency, effectiveness and result-driven mechanism of the project.

“We salute the management of the scheme for introducing such lofty idea, and we want to urge both NYSC management and the Minister of Youth to continue the project,” he said.