NYSC Certificate Scandal: 'I Deliberately Refused To Serve' - Shittu
When the news broke that another serving minister of President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet is enmeshed in an NYSC certificate scandal, the reaction of most people was "not again"!
This comes barely 7 days after former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun resigned following the discovery of the forgery of her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
Adebayo Shittu, Oyo State governorship aspirant and Minister of Communication, has been accused of not serving in the scheme after graduating from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1978.
According to an investigation by Premium Times, Shittu completed his programme at the Law School, and was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly.
Born in 1953, he graduated in 1978 at the age of 25, and finished Law school in 1979, same year he was elected into the house.
The NYSC Law is clear on participation in the scheme, as it is mandatory for all Nigerians who have earned degrees or higher national diplomas from tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad (effective 1972/73 session).
Those who qualify for exemption are those who graduated after their 30th birthday, persons with national honours and those who serve in the Police Force and Nigerian Army for a period of nine months.
However, Shittu insisted that he deliberately skipped NYSC, stating that "The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there. I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service."
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