The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has reacted to the controversy trailing the authenticity of the Exemption Certificate tendered by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
The agency waded into the controversy after Nigerians demanded the sack of the Minister, following Premium Times report that she skipped the mandatory national service and forged an exemption certificate of the service to cover for it.
Premium Times reported that the NYSC does not issue exemption certificate to anyone who, like the minister, graduates before turning 30. Born on March 9, 1967, Mrs Adeosun graduated July 11, 1989 at 22. Mrs Adeosun’s ‘certificate’ is dated September 9, 2009, and was purportedly signed by Yusuf Bomoi, a former director-general of the corps.
Officials said Mr. Bomoi stepped down from the NYSC in January 2009, and could not have signed any certificate for the corps eight months after. The retired brigadier general passed on in September 2017.
“This one is an Oluwole certificate,” a top official of the corps said after he was shown a copy of the document. “We did not issue it and we could not have issued it.” Oluwole is a location in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, where fraudsters possess an amazing dexterity in the art of forging all kinds of documents.
However in a statement released today, NYSC’s director of public relations, Adenike Adeyemi, disclosed that Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate and that they will “investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question”. However, the statement did not disclose whether the Minister was issued with an Exemption Certificate in response to her application.
The full text of the NYSC’s statement is produced below:
RE-EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE OF THE HON. MINISTER OF FINANCE, MRS. KEMI ADEOSUN
Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honorable 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.
Adeyemi Adenike (Mrs.)
Director, Press and Public Relations