Itse Sagay, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has demanded that the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, state the true position regarding the allegations of exemption certificate forgery faced by Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance.
According to the Punch, Sagay said on Friday it was important that the NYSC clear the air on the allegations since the present government, which Adeosun serves in, preaches transparency as its mantra.
The renowned layer added that the clarification should not be difficult for the corps since they have already admitted that the minister applied for an exemption certificate.
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.”
Adeosun has been embattled in the certificate controversy after Premium Times published a report last Saturday, accusing her of skipping the mandatory one-year service as well as forging the exemption certificate she currently possesses.
The Minister is yet to formally speak on the matter, while the federal government, according to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Tourism, has adopted the statement of the NYSC, which promised to investigate the matter.