Exemption certificate: Come clean on Adeosun, Sagay tells NYSC

By Ayodele

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has called on the NYSC to immediately release its findings on the status of Adeosun.

Sagay said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday.

A former Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.Gen Maharazu Tsiga (retd.), and a former Director of Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, had said there was no way the agency could have issued a certificate of exemption to the minister since she was not qualified for it having graduated below the age of 30.

The NYSC had said it was investigating the matter but has kept mum for nearly a week.

In his reaction, however, Sagay said the NYSC would need to clear the air as soon as possible to prevent speculations and further distractions.

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He said, “To start with, without expressing an opinion on the validity of the exemption certificate or not, we have been preaching transparency in government operations since the time we came to power.

“As far as I know, Mrs. Adeosun is one of the best ministers we have ever had in terms of skills, transparency and accountability. She has excelled and she is a very valuable member of this government.

“But, I think the onus should be on the NYSC since she applied and got a certificate. If that is not contradicted, they should just leave her alone but if it is contradicted, then there would be an issue to consider. So, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing against her right now.

“Yes, the NYSC should come clean since they have all the records. Let them come out with what they have so that the lady would be able to defend herself if necessary.”

In a related development, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has urged Buhari to sack from his cabinet anyone found to have forged certificates.

National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made the appeal on behalf of the group in an interview with Saturday PUNCH in Abuja, on Friday.

According to him, members of the group are worried about the damage being done to Nigeria’s image at home and abroad by the President’s continued silence on cases of certificate forgeries which is slowly becoming a norm rather than the exception among his appointees.

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Onwubiko expressed sadness that the situation was beginning …read more

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