Ogunbamowo Damilola, a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has alleged the institution used her matriculation number to mobilise another student for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
Damilola, who studied Mathematics Education from the institution’s affiliate, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Satellite Campus, had graduated in December, 2018.
The lady said to her utmost surprise, she was not mobilised for service in 2019 alongside her colleagues despite the fact that she did not fail any course.
In a petition, dated October 20, 2021 and issued on her behalf through Yakubu Eleto chambers, Damilola called on the school to immediately deploy her for NYSC.
In the petition, the graduate also demanded N100 million as damages, citing the negligent transfer of her Matric No to a third party to use for NYSC.
The petition, signed by Yusuf Malik Bello, her lawyer, was addressed to the institution’s registrar.
It read: “Regrettably, this development has left our client in a state of frustration, stagnation and dilemma, as she cannot gain employment in Nigeria without her NYSC discharge or exemption certificates (of which you are aware), after spending huge sums of money and wasting the vital years of her youthful life pursuing a career of her choice.
“TAKE NOTICE therefore that we have our client’s authority to demand and we hereby demand that you send our client to NYSC without further delay because she was offered admission on a full time basis deserving of NYSC and on the representation that her Matric No; F/BS/14/3880001 can’t be shared with anyone which is the standard all over the world, we are now emphatically demanding the sum of N100,000,000.00 (Hundred Million Naira) as damages suffered by our client by negligently transferring her Matric No: to a third party to use for NYSC.
“This is an act deliberately orchestrated to frustrate our client’s four years of devoted study in YABATECH, the trauma of wasted years and fraud perpetuated on her.
“TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that should you fail and/or neglect to heed our demand within Seven (7) days of the receipt of this letter, we shall have no other option than to perfect our clients further instruction. Be properly guided.”
Reacting, Dean of School of Technical Education, YABATECH, Olusola Akeredolu, said the matter was beyond the college.
He, however, said efforts are ongoing to address the issue.
He said: “The issue is that somebody used her Matriculation number which is not in our jurisdiction. That person used it and NYSC was able to pick that person which is outside our own jurisdiction, we have been trying to follow it up to see if we can get the person.
Asked whether the student who used the matric number had bribed a member of staff, the dean added: “Go to NYSC, we are an affiliate body of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. When we compile results, Nsukka comes here to pick results and takes it over there and they’re the ones who would relate with NYSC. Once the result has been approved by the senate of UNN, they send it to the NYSC.
“We have nothing to do with their mobilisation. But I know we have been working to make sure that we find a way by which she must go for NYSC as soon as possible.”
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