Presidency, NYSC reacts to Adeosun’s certificate scandal

Presidency’s reaction to Adeosun’s certificate scandal

The presidency has reacted to the alleged forgery of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun that broke over the weekend, saying that it has not been briefed about the saga.

However, ThisDay reports that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, last night said he was yet to be briefed about the forgery allegation.

“Well, I have not been briefed on this. I haven’t heard of it being spoken. I am completely unaware of anything,” he said in response to questions on what President Muhammadu Buhari was doing about the allegation.

About The Scandal

During the weekend, an investigation by Premium Times revealed that the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun allegedly failed to undertake the mandatory one year national service, having graduated at 22, and fraudulently obtained an exemption certificate at 42, in violation of the NYSC establishment act, Decree No 24 of 1973 as amended. The online news portal, alleged that the minister had instead allegedly bagged a fake exemption certificate.

The NYSC service is mandatory for Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at not more than 30 years. It also works as the requirement for job placement in the country’s private and public sectors.

The news also revealed that Adeosun has an NYSC exemption certificate issued due to her age as at 2009. The minister was said to have graduated from the Polytechnic of East London in 1989 at 22 but did not take part in the mandatory scheme.

After years of working, both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, Adeosun then allegedly got a fake NYSC exemption letter in 2009, seeing that she might need it. The report has however alleged that the minister’s “certificate” was dated September 9, 2009, and reportedly signed by an ex-Director-General of the corps Yusuf Bomoi.

But Bomoi had in January 2009, resigned from the NYSC and died September 2017.

In addition, an official of the NYSC said the certificate is fake, describing it as an “Oluwole Certificate” (a place in Lagos, Nigeria with a knack for producing fake documents).

Also an ex-staff of the corps said it does not issue exemption certificates to those who graduated before 30, a group which the minister falls into.

NYSC Response to the Scandal

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) reacted to the alleged forgery of its Exemption Certificate by the Minister of Finance, saying the minister actually applied for an exemption certificate.

NYSC’s Director in charge of Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adeyemi Adenike, however, said in a statement Monday that the organisation would investigate “the origin of the purported certificate” presented by Adeosun during her ministerial screening.

Part of the statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

“Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.”

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