The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has responded to allegations that he didn’t participate in the NYSC scheme.
According to Premium Times, Adebayo Shittu, failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at age 25.
However, Shittu insisted that he deliberately skipped NYSC, saying that the constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there.
“I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service,” he said
Lawyers who spoke with the newspaper agreed that Shittu deliberately skipping NYSC is a criminal offence.
Abdul Mahmud, Chairman of the Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), said the Minister is a “dodger who is in breach of the law”.
According to Mahmud, the provision of Section 12 of the NYSC Act, indicates that the Minister should have presented his certificate before he was cleared for the position.
Section 12 of the NYSC Act mandates all employers to demand the national service certificate of prospective employees before hiring.
Section 12 of the Act reads:
“For the purposes of employment anywhere in the Federation and before employment, it shall be the duty of every prospective employer to demand and obtained from any person who claims to have obtained his first degree at the end of the academic year 1973-74 or, as the case may be, at the end of any subsequent academic year the following:-
a. a copy of the Certificate of National Service of such person issued pursuant to section 11 of this Decree
b. a copy of any exemption certificate issued to such person pursuant to section 17 of this Decree
c. such other particulars relevant there to as may be prescribed by or under this Decree.”