BudgIT Challenges Finance Minister To Prove NYSC Certificate Scandal 

Yemisi Izuora
BudgIT asks Kemi Adeosun to renounce the allegations of NYSC Certification Fraud or Resign.
BudgIT
   Nigeria,   a   civic   tech   organisation,   expresses   disappointment   at   the   silence   of   the
Honourable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, over the allegations of NYSC certificate fraud.
In
   an   investigative   report   released   by   Premium   Times,   Ms.   Kemi   Adeosun   was   accused   of
skipping
   the   compulsory   one-year   national   youth   service  and   presenting   forged  exemption
certification to the National Assembly. While many concerned citizens await a comprehensive
response from the government official, there has been no rebuttal from the accused and also no conclusive position from the National Youth Service Corps.
In a statement BudgIT said, “We also notice recent reports that the Honourable Minister released N10bn for the National
Assembly
   to   settle   liabilities,   a   fund   that   ended   up   in   purchase   of   exotic   vehicles   for   the
legislators. As an organization with interest in transparency and accountability, we believe it is
dangerous
   to   put   public   funds   in   charge   of   a   person   that   can   be   easily   blackmailed   by
individuals. We also accept that towards the 2019 elections, Nigeria needs to right character to
lead its Finance Ministry, considering how public treasury can be easily shortened to satisfy
political interests”.
The Buhari Administration has often  opined its commitments to weed out corruption and other
related vices but we find the silence in antithesis to such disposition. We find the certificate saga
an indictment on the capability of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Department of State
Security,
   National   Assembly   and   National   Youth   Service   Corps.   We   affirm   that   Nigerian
institutions
   are   being   compromised   on   the   altar   on   political   expediency   and   the   “Change”
mantra as advanced by the current governing party is gradually a trite phrase.
The current issue is an example of gross misconduct within the cabinet of an administration that
prides itself on integrity it said and called on President Buhari to take appropriate actIon regarding this
and
   also   for   the   Honorable   Minister   to   provide   a   response   to   the   allegations.   “Without   a
convincing response to this ignoble situation, we call on Ms. Kemi Adeosun to resign from her
position as the Honorable Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and accept the
consequences of her actions as stated in the law. We affirm Ms. Kemi Adeosun poses a risk to
the treasury with alleged unauthentic documents which she has used to function as the Ogun
State Commissioner of Finance and Honourable Minister of Finance.  BudgIT looks forward to
expedited resolution of this matter”, the statement added.

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