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FW: Nigeria’s Minister of Communications does not have an NYSC certificate

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, has been revealed to have skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

The revelation about Mr Shittu, who is currently vying for the post of Oyo State Governor, came to light a week after Kemi Adeosun’s resignation. Like Mr Shittu, Kemi Adeosun had also skipped the mandatory service. Unlike Mr Shittu, Mrs. Adeosun did not vehemently defend her decision to skip it. 


What happened with the Minister?

Despite graduating from the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), at the age of 25, the Minister failed to present himself for service after graduation and till now has not done so.

Section 2(1) of the NYSC Act mandates that Mr Shittu had to have participated in the year-long service.  According to the Act, all Nigerians who earn degrees or higher national diplomas from tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad are to participate in the scheme.

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