Is the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh, allegedly in possession of a fake National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) discharge certificate?
This question begging for answer came following claims that she has no valid NYSC discharge certificate nor exemption certificate.
The group, Transparency & Integrity Crusaders, a civil society group has claimed that Nunieh couldn’t provide her certificate during the botched NDDC security screening last year.
It is learnt that traditionally, all appointees of critical Government Institutions are under obligation to submit their certificates to Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) as well as the Department of State Security (DSS) for vetting/confirmation of their authenticity before they are allowed to resume duties.
The anti-corruption group alleged, when the Federal Government announced the appointment of a new Board for the NDDC in August last year, all the nominees were invited to the FIB Headquarters in Garki Abuja for vetting.
“All the Board Nominees (including Joi Nunieh who was then the nominee as State Rep for Rivers State) reported to the FIB office on the 5th of September 2019 and were requested to submit copies of their educational qualifications and NYSC discharge certificate.
“Joi Nunieh pleaded to be allowed to go home to bring her documents including her NYSC discharge certificate.
“She has failed to provide the items for vetting till date. Investigation has revealed that she has been fraudulently parading a fake/forged NYSC discharge certificate over the years and is now afraid of providing the document now for scrutiny”, the group alleged.
It claimed that Nunieh has been shielded from the public space due to the tacit support of a top Government Official who has been protecting her.
In a signed statement by its Executive Director, Dr. Ekpo Emmanuel Bassey, the group said; “Nigerians are aghast at the attempts by collaborators to sweep this NYSC forged certificate saga of Joi Nunieh under the carpet which has impugned on the reputation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We’re therefore calling on the President to direct the Inspector General of Police, Director General, Department of State Services, the ICPC to commence a holistic investigation and prosecute Joi Nunieh for forgery.
The group made reference to similar incidence involving former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun due to non possession of a valid NYSC discharge certificate and stated that the case of Joi Nunieh Ag. NDDC MD cannot be different.
They therefore vowed to mobilize a nationwide protest to demand the immediate removal of the Ag. NDDC MD as a result of non possession of a valid NYSC discharge certificate, the statement added.
All effort to get reactions from the Acting MD of the establishment on Saturday proved abortive as she neither pick up calls to her mobile line nor respond to text message on the allegation as of press time.