NYSC status controversy: Arts and Culture Minister defends self - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Monday, August 28, 2023

NYSC status controversy: Arts and Culture Minister defends self

Following intense call for her removal from office over discovery that she is still a serving Corps Member, the newly Sworn-in Minister of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, has admitted that she is currently undergoing her one-year National service as a corps Member.

The Minister however insisted that she had not broken any part of the laws of the National Youths Service Corps and the Nigeria Constitution.

In a press statement titled, “My Personal Statement On My NYSC Status As A Serving Minister”, Musawa said, “It is true I am currently on the NYSC national service which I began 8 months ago as a matter of duty and devotion to my country, having been unable to complete the scheme since I was first mobilised in 2001.

“I started the mandatory national service as a Corp member deployed to Akwa-Ibom State (pls confirm state) in 2001 upon the completion of my university education. I could not complete the service same year after my redeployment to Kaduna State due to family obligations.

“I applied to NYSC to be mobilised again for national service last year. NYSC graciously mobilised and deployed me to serve in Abuja where I have been serving in the last 8 months before my current appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Minister added that contrary to wrong insinuations and false assumptions, she did not breach any law or constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended regarding her current position as a Minister and status as serving Corp member.

According to her, “There is no law of Nigeria or any part of the our constitution and NYSC Act that states that a serving Corp member can not be appointed by the President of Nigeria or any other appointing authority into political positions.

“Equally, no part of our existing laws and NYSC Act says that a corp member must finish service before he/she can be appointed into political office. There is no legal and constitutional limitations whatsoever. I have not broken any law of Nigeria,” she said.

Culled from Rovingpen 

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