Biometric to expose ‘ghost’ corps members – DG

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Sule Kazaure, has said that the payment of allowances to absentee and ‘ghost corps members’ will soon be eliminated with the introduction of biometric clearance across all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country.

Kazaure said this while declaring open a training workshop on biometric clearance organised for corps members in the local government councils in South West, which took place in Ibadan, Oyo State. The workshop was entitled: “Ensuring Accountability in Corps Members’ Activities Using ICT.”

The Director-General, who was represented by the Director, Corps Welfare, Mrs. Bose Okakwu, noted that the workshop was organised primarily to equip participants with the requisite knowledge in Information Technologybased clearance and monitoring of corps members in line with the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, the sharp practice of paying allowances to corps members, who ordinarily are not serving or undertaking the compulsory one-year programme (ghost corps members) will be eliminated.

“The biometric clearance would be used for the weekly Community Development Services (CDS) and monthly clearance of all corps members,” he said. As a form of sanctions, any corps member, who missed the biometric clearance without approval, would not be considered for payment of his or her monthly allowances, since the information generated through the biometric clearance exercise would form the basis for the determination of disciplinary action,” Kazaure said.

He expressed optimism that the new process had been receiving loud ovation from the public for its positive impact in eliminating sharp practices and reduction of errors in the data and workload on the staff and other stakeholders.

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