Did Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun Forge Her NYSC Certificate?
There appears to a hurricane brewing in President Buhari's cabinet and the tornado may be aimed at the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
Adeosun has been reported to be carrying a fake National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
According to Premium Times, who claimed to have obtained the minister’s credentials, Adeosun parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age.
She graduated from the Polytechnic of East London in 1989, at the age of 22. According to her curriculum vitae, Mrs Adeosun was born in March 1967.
The institution changed name to University of East London in 1992. Mrs Adeosun has her certificate issued in the new name.
At the time of her graduation, the young Folakemi Oguntomoju, as she then was known, did not return to Nigeria to serve her fatherland.
Upon graduation in 1989, the Applied Economics graduate pursued fast-paced career in the British public and private sectors.
She first landed a job at British Telecoms, but left after a year to join Goodman Jones, an accounting and investment firm, as audit officer.
She served there till 1993.
In 1994, Mrs Adeosun joined London Underground Company as Internal Audit Manager, before switching to Prism Consulting, a finance firm, where she worked between 1996 until 2000.
In 2000, Mrs Adeosun was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for two years.
When she eventually returned to Nigeria in 2002, Mrs Adeosun still did not deem it necessary to participate in the NYSC scheme.
She simply accepted a job offer at a private firm, Chapel Hill Denham.
However, ostensibly concerned that she might run into trouble for skipping the mandatory scheme, Mrs Adeosun, sometime in 2009, allegedly procured a fake exemption certificate.
The one year service is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.
However, in some cases, those who run part-time programmes and graduate below age 30 and do not want to serve are given exemption certificates.
Section 13, subsection 4 of the NYSC law criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate.
It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders. The online paper said the NYSC leadership has declined to respond on the matter.
Oluyinka Akintunde, the spokesperson to Mrs Adeosun, who was briefed on the outcome of the investigation on her boss is yet to send a response to inquiries.
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