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FW: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, forged her NYSC exemption certificate

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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According to a Premium Times report, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun skipped the compulsory one-year youth service. In 1989, the minister earned a BSc in Economics from the University of East London and went ahead to work in various organisations in the United Kingdom. She apparently forged an NYSC exemption certificate years after her graduation from University.


The NYSC factor


The National Youth Service Corps is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from Universities or equivalent institutions and are below the age of 30. The service is a must for anyone seeking private and Government sector jobs in Nigeria.

Mrs Adeosun allegedly forged credentials stating that she was exempted from the mandatory service on account of age. Her exemption certificate was issued in September 2009 and signed by Yusuf Bomoi, former NYSC Director-General. However, officials say that Mr Bomoi stepped down from NYSC in January 2009, and could not have signed any certificate 8 months after.

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