Adeosun turns deaf and dumb over alleged fake NYSC certificate

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Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has turned deaf and dumb over allegations published by Premium Times, at the weekend, that she skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and subsequently obtained a forged exemption certificate in 2009.
The minister reportedly graduated from the Polytechnic of East London, in the United Kingdom, in 1989, at 22.
The scheme is compulsory for all Nigerian graduates, under the age of 30, while those above the age limit are required to obtain an exemption certificate.
Several attempts to get speak with the minister, by newsmen yesterday, were unsuccessful.
Repeated calls to her mobile line, up till 6:16pm, yesterday evening, went unanswered. and the minister did not respond to text messages either sent to her known cell phone number.
The NYSC certificate, 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 skip 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.
Sub section 4 of the same section also criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders.
Regardless, the report also alleged that the National Assembly was in the know of her alleged NYSC exemption certificate forgery case but kept mum and turned it into a strong blackmailing machinery.
At the weekend, Premium Times alleged that the Finance ministry recently approved N10 billion for the National Assembly to cover her up of the alleged offence.

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