The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) have reacted to a statement by minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, whom reports say didn’t partake in the mandatory one-year service.
Shittu had responded saying that he was serving in the Oyo state house of assembly then, and to him that is equivalent to NYSC.
However, NYSC have reacted to his claim via a statement seen below.
“Serving in the National (or state) Assembly is not one of them (conditions for exemption from national service)”.
“You have read the Act and you can see the circumstances where someone is exempted, you analyse it if he [Shittu] was exempted duly or there is a reason why he should have served. But the Act is very straightforward on the grounds for not coming up to serve.
“If you are a graduate locally trained or foreign trained, as long as you graduate before the age of 30, you are expected to serve. Whether foreign or locally trained, the law is the same. Our youths should be rightly guided that if you were able to complete your studies and as of the date of graduation, you are under 30, you are eligible to serve,” the NYSC spokesperson said.