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Communications Minister, Shittu, in NYSC scandal

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Communications Minister, Shittu, in NYSC scandal

Another scandal involving the skipping of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) programme is brewing around the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. PREMIUM TIMES, an online newspaper that broke the story of the now former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun over the same issue, last night claimed that the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at age 25. According to the online newspaper, months of “discreet checks at the NYSC headquarters showed that the communications minister did not present himself for service after graduation and is yet to do so till date.” Shittu was born on March 23, 1953 and studied law at Ife, graduating in 1978. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, qualifying as a lawyer in 1979. Shittu was said to have gone into politics after graduation, and was, in 1979, elected member of the Oyo State House of Assembly. According to the newspaper, the minister said he deliberatively skipped the NYSC scheme because he was convinced that his membership of the state assembly was itself a “service”. “The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there,” Shittu said. “I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service,” the newspaper quoted him to have said.

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