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Exposed : Senator Stella Oduah absconded from youth service in 1982 -DG, NYSC

The senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, absconded and did not complete the mandatory one-year NYSC programme, says National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) ,www.totorinews.com reports.

The NYSC revealed this information in a letter marked NYSC/DHQ/PPRU/783/Vol III, in response to a petition by Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Stakeholders.

In a letter by the Director-General of the NYSC which was signed on his behalf by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, the agency said Oduah commenced her NYSC programme in 1982 but absconded.

The Anambra North PDP stakeholders had written a letter to the NYSC alleging that some officials of the agency connived with Oduah to inorder to protect her political career and image.

In a response document made available to www.totorinews.com, titled, ‘Re: Doubtful NYSC Participation Collusion of Some Unscrupulous Staff of NYSC Concerning Stella Adaeze Oduah (Senator), Save the Image and Reputation of the Scheme’, the NYSC denied conniving with Oduah to hide the truth.

The document read in part, “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.”

Section 2 (1) of the NYSC Act makes it obligatory for every Nigerian who graduates to “ make himself available for service for a continuous period of one year from the date specified in the call-up instrument served upon him.”

According to the NYSC Act, the four categories of individuals exempted from the national service re 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.

It remains unclear how Oduah’s failure to complete her NYSC escaped the scrutiny of agencies like the Department of State Services which usually vet ministerial nominees.

Concerned Anambra North PDP Stakeholders further revealed that Oduah submitted an affidavit and obtained a police extract in 2014 where she stated that sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili in Ogboru Local Government Area to Abuja, she discovered that some of her belongings were missing.

Some of the items included “originals of my West African School Certificate of 1978 from Zixton Secondary School, Ozubulu, First School Leaving Certificate from St. John Odoakpu Onitsha, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Certificate 1982 from St Paul’s College Lawrencevile Virginia USA, National Youth Service Corps Certificate 1983, National Identity Card, United States of America Social Security Card with the number on it.”

It was also gathered that similiar petition had been sent to the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, requesting the PDP to disqualify Oduah who has been screened to contest in the primary.

Efforts to get a response from Oduah proved abortive, as her phone was switched off.

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