Anthony Ani, a former Director of Mobilisation at the National Youth Service Corps, has said that the certificate purportedly issued to Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, is fake.
He said this on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television on Wednesday. He said Brig. Gen. MI Tsiga was Director-General of the NYSC in September 2009, when the certificate was allegedly issued but it had been signed by Brig. Gen. Yusuf Bomoi.
“The NYSC cannot issue that kind of certificate. Yes, the one reported by Premium Times. We could not have issued that type.
“The certificate that I saw, that one that I saw if it is the one that they are talking about, the one I saw online, it was not issued by NYSC. I don’t know who issued it. It was not issued by NYSC because what I saw there, the signatory to that certificate was our DG (Gen. Bomoi) who left in January and Gen. Tsiga took over from Gen Bomoi.
“Tsiga was a sitting DG even as of that September 2009. So, I don’t know where her certificate came from but NYSC cannot make that kind of mistake. The NYSC that I served, I know can never make that kind of mistake.”
Ani also said contrary to claims that she had applied for an exemption certificate, it was impossible for the corp to issue an exemption to a graduate below the age of 30. He said it was contrary to the NYSC Act and could not have happened.
“If you are above 30 even by one day, you will be exempted but if you are below 30 or you are 30 at the time of graduation, you will be deployed.
“It is not possible to be exempted if you graduated below 30 because it is against the NYSC Act.
“So, even if you graduate at the age of 20 and you are in the United States and you have not made yourself available to be mobilised, whenever you come back even if you are 60 years, you have to undergo the NYSC,'' he said.
Ani also said Adeosun's actions was criminal and punishable by law.
“According to Section 13 of the NYSC Act, if you give false information concerning your NYSC, you are liable (sic). If you present a certificate that was not issued by the NYSC, you are liable (sic). It is a criminal offence.
“Whoever is employing anybody in this country, whether private or government, once you are coming in to accept that appointment, you are to present your NYSC certificate and it is also the responsibility of your employer to request it.”
A national stir was created on Saturday after Premium Times published a report alleging that Adeosun had obtained a false NYSC exemption certificate in 2009. The report has caused reactions from various quarters.