The Coalition of Civil Society Group (CSOs), has expressed support for the recently introduced online registration by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), saying the initiative was a step in the right direction.
The group urged Nigerians to support the project and stop playing politics.
“Having painstakingly investigated the circumstances surrounding the full computerisation of the NYSC mobilisation process and the cost associated with it, we hereby resolve that prospective corps members will benefit immensely more than they stand to lose from harnessing and fully maximising this on-line registration platform,” said Etuk Bassey Williams, CSOs president, while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
The NYSC had introduced a N4,000 fee for online registration by prospective corps members to the chagrin of Nigerians who widely condemned the move.
Although the leadership of the NYSC claims that the decision of the NYSC to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members had been misinterpreted, the body may review its position to satisfy Nigerians.
Speaking on Channels TV recently, The Director of Mobilization, for the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, Mr Anthony Ani explained that the introduction of the digital process of registration was informed by the need to reduce the need to reduce the stress and risk of making prospective corp members travel to their schools to collect their call-up letters.
According to him, the fee “is for the entire hardware and software that has been provided”.
He explained however that NYSC was not forcing the fee on prospective corps members as those who still consider the N4,000 to be a rip-off would still have the old system in place, whereby they can choose to travel back to their schools to pick up call-up letters and also get to the orientation camps to continue the usually long process of signing different documents.
He therefore dismissed allegations that the 4,000 Naira fee being charged the corpers is for the call-up letters.