The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has called on employers of labour to demand national service or exemption certificates from prospective employees before engaging them.

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Shuaib Ibrahim, NYSC director-general, spoke on Tuesday during the scheme’s legal aid workshop held in Abuja.

According to Ibrahim, the move will help checkmate the presentation of fake certificates in workplaces by degree or higher national diploma (HND) holders.

The NYSC DG also called on employers to submit the NYSC certificates of their extant employees to the scheme for authentication.

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He added that such is in line with section 12 of the NYSC act.

“I would like to use this medium to remind all employers in the public and private sectors that it is mandatory to demand the certificate of National Service or Exemption Certificate duly issued by the NYSC before offering employment to any holder of Degree or Higher National Diploma,” he said.

“This is in line with the provisions of Section 12, Sub-Sections 1 and 2 of the NYSC Act, which says: For the purpose of employment anywhere in the federation and before employment, it shall be the duty of every prospective employer to demand and obtain from any person who claims to have obtained his first degree at the end of the academic year 1973-74 or as the case may be, at the end of any subsequent academic year the following.

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“A copy of the Certificate of National Service of such person issued pursuant to section 11 of this Act; a copy of any Exemption certificate issued to such person pursuant to section 17 of this Act; and such other particulars relevant thereto as may be prescribed by or under this Act.

“It shall also be the duty of every employer to produce on demand to a police officer, not below the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, any such certificate and particulars or copies thereof.

“Employers are also strongly advised to present the NYSC Certificates of their existing employees to the scheme for authentication.”

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