- Former minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah is yet in the midst of another certificate controversy
- Over the years, Stella has been a trending topic for corruption-related cases, fraud, and all other kinds of scandal
- She has been involved in numerous controversies ranging from the highly inflated purchase of BMW bulletproof cars without following due process
The National Youth Service Corps has revealed the youth service status of former minister of aviation and lawmaker, Senator Stella Oduah.
According to The Punch newspaper, the NYSC confirmed that Stella Oduah did not complete her national youth service.
Legit.ng gathered that the 60-year-old Anambra-born politician was said to have absconded from service upon its commencement in 1982.
Her NYSC status was revealed in a letter marked NYSC/DHQ/PPRU/783/Vol III duly signed by NYSC director of press and publicity, Eddy Megwa on behalf of the director-general.
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According to reports, the letter was in response to an inquiry by a group known as the Concerned Anambra North PDP Stakeholders who were seeking to know Oduah’s NYSC status.
The letter reads:
“In response to your request, we wish to state that the facts of the matter remain as follows: Stella Adaeze Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/1983 service year and deployed to Lagos State.
“After the orientation course, she absconded and never completed the national service. The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service.”
What the NYSC Act says
According to section 2 (1) of the NYSC Act, it is mandatory for Nigerian upon graduation from the higher institution “to make themselves available for a continuous period of one year from the date specified in the call-up instrument served upon him.”
Meanwhile, the NYSC Act however has grants exemptions for those who graduated above the age of 30, those who have served in the Armed Forces or the Nigeria Police for a period of more than nine months; those who served in intelligence organisations, and individuals who bagged national honours before graduation.
Support lawmakers' push for youth empowerment through NYSC trust fund bill, group to Nigerians
In another news, Nigerians across the country and abroad had been asked to support lawmakers' efforts in ensuring the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund Bill is passed.
The call was made specifically to citizens by a pan Nigerian youth group, Conscience Nigeria, on Tuesday, February 14.
According to the group, the opportunities that would come with the establishment of the Trust Fund are innumerable.
Trust fund: Unemployed graduates back bill, commend NASS, NYSC, give reasons
Meanwhile, some unemployed Nigerian graduates have called on citizens to support the newly proposed National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund Bill.
The call was made by the unemployed Nigerian graduates in Abuja, the country's capital city on Monday, February 7.
According to the unemployed graduates, the bill when passed into law would be a major source of job creation for Nigeria's teeming youths.