June 13, 2024

The Enugu Good Governance Group (E-3G), a civil society organization, has praised the Department of State Services (DSS) for resolving the discharge certificate dispute between the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State. However, the group urged Governor Mbah to continue with his N20 billion lawsuit against the NYSC for alleged conspiracy, deceit, and misrepresentation of facts. Additionally, they demanded an unreserved public apology from the NYSC to the people of Enugu State for defaming their number one citizen.

In a statement released yesterday, the National Coordinator of E-3G, Odinaka Okechukwu, criticized the NYSC’s incompetence, poor investigation, cover-up, and compromise, which, according to the group, tarnished the reputation of the entire state. They questioned how many ordinary Nigerians may have had their opportunities hindered due to the alleged negligence, poor record-keeping, and lack of accountability within the agency.

The DSS investigation into the certificate controversy, as presented in the statement on oath and evidence given by Mr. Yahaya Isa Mohammed, a subpoenaed witness before the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, revealed that Governor Mbah’s initial file with the NYSC went missing at some point, leading the agency to use a temporary file for him.

Based on the DSS’s findings, the E-3G stated that the NYSC should retract its letters disclaiming Mbah’s discharge certificate and clarify how 12 certificates with serial numbers A808297 to A808308 are still unaccounted for. They also urged the NYSC to trace the said certificates.

The group warned that if the NYSC fails to apologize as recommended by the DSS, they will mobilize the people of Enugu State to file a class-action lawsuit against the agency.

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