Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has given the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, seven days to clarify Kemi Adeosun’s certificate controversy.
Timothy Adewale, the organisation’s Deputy Director in a statement on Thursday, disclosed that the group had written to NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, to confirm if the finance minister applied for ‘Exemption Certificate’.
SERAP said it want Kazaure to, within seven days use his good offices to provide it “information and documents on whether or not Mrs Adeosun applied for NYSC Exemption Certificate, and if she did, to clarify whether the NYSC actually granted her the Exemption Certificate, the circumstances and the provisions of the NYSC Act under which the Exemption Certificate was granted.”
The request comes on the heels of accusations that Adeosun forged an NYSC Exemption Certificate, to secure her job as minister and a previous one in Nigeria.
However, the group stated that Adeosun deserved to be given the benefit of the doubt, while awaiting the official reply of the NYSC.
“Mrs Adeosun remains innocent until the allegations against her are properly tested and proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction, based on relevant admissible evidence. But the continuing silence by the NYSC management on the matter may create an impression that an offence may have been committed, and lead to the accusation that the management has something to hide.”
“By providing information and documents on the Exemption Certificate, the NYSC would help to put an end to any insinuation of complicity and show that the institution can embrace transparency and accountability in the discharge of its statutory mandates. This would in turn contribute to improved integrity and public image of the NYSC,” the group added.
SERAP said it will compel the Attorney General of the Federation, to file criminal charges against Adeosun, or consider private prosecution if the forgery allegation was true.