JUST IN: Head of Service meets Adeosun

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Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun

The embattled minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Friday hosted Head of Service Winifred Oyo-Ita in her office amidst speculations of her resignation.

Details of the meeting were not clear, but sources said it might not be unconnected with the issue of her reported resignation.

Sources at the ministry confirmed to DAILY NIGERIAN that the minister has been in office since 9am on Friday, receiving visitors.

“She has been in office today since 9am. She hosted Head of Service today and some other visitors who came for solidarity visit. As I speak to you, she is still in office.

“Truly the atmosphere tells you all is not well, but we are surprised to see her in office discharging her duties,” said a source at the ministery.

According to the source, what appears unusual was the minister’s absence at this week’s Federal Executive Council Meeting at the State House.

“What is strange to us was her absence at FEC meeting on Wednesday. She chose to remain at home and receive visitors.

“Governors of Kebbi and Zamfara were all her residence on Wednesday. She came to office the following and today. The governor of Kebbi returned on Thursday and spent three hours in her office,” said the source.

The 51-year-old former minister is reported to have resigned following pressure arising from her questionable NYSC discharge certificate.

In November 2015, Adeosun was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ms Adeosun was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994 and she was qualified for NYSC exemption on return to Nigeria after clocking above 30 years of age.

The story has been out there that Adeosun forged her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, discharge certificate.

Although she was above 30 when she returned to Nigeria, she was not qualified to obtain an exemption because she got her first degree when she was in her 20s.

The fake exemption certificate that she obtained through a third party was what caused her fall.

She initially ignored the forgery report, but her handlers later explained that she was not guilty.

They painted those digging into the story as mischief-makers who wanted to pull down a woman of substance.

The NYSC headquarters also came up with a terse statement that she indeed applied for an exemption and that it was looking into the matter.

Some citizens had dragged her to the Federal High Court in Abuja which has fixed October 8 to hear the suit asking it to sack her from office.

The Chief Judge of the high court, Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, assigned the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu for expeditious hearing.

The suit was filed by Francis Obalim, a lawyer who approached the court, praying for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Her appointment, he said, circumvented the condition precedent and in contravention of mandatory Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act which is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.