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My serving in the Oyo state House of Assembly is equal to NYSC – Adebayo Shittu

Shittu: My serving in the Oyo state House of Assembly is equal to NYSC

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has reacted to reports that he did not participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).

An exclusive report from Premiumtimes alleged that the minister never participated in the one-years service.

Reacting to the reports, Shittu said his service in the Oyo state House of Assembly shortly after graduation from University at age 25 is fit enough to stay in place of NYSC certificate.

 “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

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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.”

Section 13 of the Act also criminalises skipping the national service as it prescribes 12 months imprisonment or fine of N2,000 or both, for such offenders.

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Shittu: My serving in the Oyo state House of Assembly is equal to NYSC

Shittu: My serving in the Oyo state House of Assembly is equal to NYSC

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