“Corps members who absent themselves from their places of primary assignment are in for a hard time, following the introduction of a biometric technology for the conduct of corps members’ monthly clearance by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The biometric technology will effectively check cases of absenteeism, submission of monthly clearance by proxy, signing of community development service(CDS) attendance register by proxy and other forms of indiscipline among corps members.
Speaking during the formal demonstration of the technology in Kuje, Abuja yesterday, the director general of the scheme, Brig-Gen Johnson Olawumi stated that biometric technology will not only address absenteeism during service year but will also address the problems of irregular signatures leading to non-payment of monthly allowance, and poor collation and storage of data of corps members.
The DG who acknowledged that corps members’ absenteeism were made possible in connivance with staff of the scheme revealed that the NYSC would take disciplinary action on about six staff of the NYSC for conniving with corps members to absent themselves from service adding that after investigation, some of the staff will face outright dismissal.
Olamide added that the exercise was part of the second phase of computerisation process of the operations of the scheme.”