By Nick Chibunna
More than 400 graduates of the Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri who were due for the 2015/2016 National Youth Service Corps programme, at the weekend besieged the Vice Chancellor’s office seeking solutions to hitches they are experiencing in the online enlistment into the programmes.
The graduates feared that they might not participate in the scheme as scheduled because of the complications in the online registration, unless something urgent is done.
Their names, they said, did not make the list of prospective corps members in the current scheme.
Visibly sad, the graduates told Christian Voice that for over one month they had tried in vain to enlist the assistance of the management towards solving this problem, hence they came to V.C’s office to lodge their complaint.
According to them, since the issue was made public, their parents and guardians had been in doubt as to whether they actually graduated from the institution.
Speaking to the fresh graduates, the IMSU Public Relations Officer, Nze Raph Njoku-Obi, pleaded with them to exercise patience as the institution is not unaware of their present predicament, adding that something is being done to ameliorate the situation.
Nze Njoku-Obi told Christian Voice that the whole problem was caused by the printing of wrong or double matriculation numbers against the names of some candidates, thereby depriving others of their existing Matriculation numbers during the last on-line registration.
He pleaded with them to remain calm, adding that those who could not participate in the first batch would definitely participate in the second batch.
One of the graduates who simply introduced himself as Kelechi said that he would not lose hope until the current exercise is rounded off.
Ndukwe Victoria and Emetuche Chimeziri pleaded with the management of IMSU to expedite action on the issue to save them from further embarrassment.
In another development, the management of IMSU debunked the news making the rounds that many of the programmes of the institution were not accredited during the last accreditation exercise.
Speaking to Christian Voice, the institution’s image maker, Nze Raph Njoku-Obi, said that of the 53 programmes presented by the institution’s authority for accreditation, 47 programmes scaled through, leaving only six programmes which he hoped would scale though during the next accreditation exercise.
By Nick Chibunna