Former Head of Bureau of Public Sector Reform, Dr Joe Abah, has called on Nigerian graduates to always use an actual certificate when applying for a job instead of a statement of result.
The policy and governance expert said many young Nigerians continue to lose good job offers unknowingly as a result of their inability to submit job applications with the real certificate, saying it is not a too much task for individuals to collect such document.
“If you don’t have your actual degree certificate, make every effort to get it. I can’t count the number of people that have lost very good job offers just because all they have is a Statement of Result,” the Ebonyi State-born Abah tweeted @DrJoeAbah on Saturday.
Some graduates, who replied to the tweet, blamed their inability to present actual degree certificates on the exorbitant fee associated with the collection of the document in most schools across the country.
“The school is charging too much to give you your certificates, sir. As a teacher earning 17k (N17,000), I wanted to collect mine and everything I will need to pay to process and get it was close to 50k (N50,000), sir, where do they expect me to get the money? It discouraged me,” one of the twitter users, @omodeolami, said.
Dr Abah, in another tweet, also called on young graduates who have the intention to travel abroad to ensure they participate in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme before leaving the shores of the country.
“Before you move to Canada, try and do your NYSC. It is not when you are in your 40s or 50s and someone wants to offer you an appointment in Nigeria that you will start doing ‘Corper Shun!’ or going to Oluwole,” he said.