NYSC Investigates Adeosun’s Exemption Certificate
The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) says it is investigating the discharge certificate of the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, summited by an online media which reported that the certificate was forged.
Director of press NYSC, Adenike Adeyemi, stated this on Monday, in Abuja.
She said the document is being investigated by the board and as soon as it is verified it will make a public statement to the public and that the scheme cannot at this moment make any further comment on the issue.
An online media had on Saturday released a report saying Mrs. Adeosun, did not participate in the mandatory One-year National Youth Service Scheme. Instead, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation
This scheme which is organised by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.
In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
Eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine, according to Section 13 of the NYSC law.
Section 13 (3) of the law also prescribes three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes provision of the law as Mrs Adeosun has done.