Kemi Adeosun: Nigeria minister resigns over forged certificate

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2018

The appointment was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari Friday, after accepting the resignation of the holder, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

The certificate scandal which erupted in July, however, did not go away with the Minister saying she resigned after finding out her NYSC exemption certificate was fake.

With her admission to receiving the certificate from the unnamed persons, it is unclear if the Nigerian government will prosecute the minister in line with the provisions of the NYSC Act.

A statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, called for Adeosun's immediate arrest and prosecution, while also alleging that there were plans by the Federal Government to "help her evade prosecution", by secretly moving her out of the country.

Also, she contributed to the floating of several multibillion-dollar Eurobond offerings and led Nigeria's discussions with multilateral institutions. Until I hear from her, my assumption is that it's not true.

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Buhari had, on Friday, accepted the resignation of Adeosunas minister of finance.

She started work in 1982 as an Accountant in Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in Kaduna state and moved to Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL) in 1995, where she worked in various departments and rose to the rank of the Deputy General Manager (DGM). Her flagship policy was a bid to improve tax collection and shore up the country's finances by cracking down on mismanagement by government agencies.

The president also approved that Zainab Ahmed, the minister of state for budget and national planning, should oversee the ministry immediately.

Nigerian university students have to do a year of national service upon graduation as a way of ensuring that graduates contributed to Nigeria's development.

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