Newly Appointed Minister Still A Serving NYSC Member, Group Alleges

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has alleged that the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa is functioning as a minister while still undergoing the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme.

This was contained in a statement issued by HURIWA on Thursday, claiming that Musawa abandoned her NYSC in Ebonyi state years ago but later showed willingness to complete it.

According to the group, the minister was mobilised this year and was posted to a law firm in Abuja before her appointment.

HURIWA asked the NYSC to compel Musawa to choose either her national youth service or the ministerial appointment.

The group said, “She was confirmed by the senate without proper screening and sworn in by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as minister of arts

“HURIWA wonders about the kind of scrutiny being conducted by the Department of State Services so much so that it wasn’t disclosed that the minister is a youth corper.”

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Eddy Megwa, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the NYSC headquarters, did not pick up calls to his line, and a response to the message sent to him was being awaited as of the time of filing this report.

But he confirmed to TheCable on Thursday, that the minister is a corps member.

“Yes, she is a serving corp member,” he was quoted as saying.

The Minister did not answer calls to her line and was yet to respond to the message sent to her on the matter.

Speaking on the development, a lawyer, Victor Giwa said the minister should be in her Place of Primary Assignment if she was serving.

He said, “If it is true that she is serving, she is not meant to hold public service at this time. In as much as she has enrolled to serve, everything she should be doing through her PPA. In fact, she ought to be in her PPA if it is true. I think this should have been spotted during the screening.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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