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New Speaker Dogded Nysc?

It has emerged that new speaker dodge NYSC.

If this confirmed, he should be REMOVED with immediate effect.

Many of us attended the NYSC in crazy part of Nigeria; doing Nigeria proud and following the law.

We not accept anything less from any other graduate from Nigeria

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There have been several scandals about the Nigerian politicians, who skipped their NYSC service. One of them is Diezani Alison-Madueke. In 2014 she has become the president of OPEC (the first lady president ever) and prior to that she has taken several positions in power in Nigeria. Seems like she did not do her NYSC service and that might look offensive to those, who did. For some people this service is meaningful and they take pride in it, while others view it just as a waste of their time.

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One trend this particular thread has thrown up is that there are many bad people in Nairaland. Shame on all of you calling for the speaker's crucification, Your ilks are the ones that Nigeria don't need now at this point in her life.

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Where are the likes of Babasin and mamajama?

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Bankole Produces NYSC Certificate

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, accused of dodging the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme by anonymous opponents yesterday proved Doubting Thomases wrong, making available to newsmen in Abuja his discharge certificate from the national service.

The discharge certificate with the number FCT/FRN/-9799823 and signed by the Director-General of the corps showed that Bankole who is just eight days in office as Speaker undertook and completed the national service at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The certificate may have put to rest speculations by some unnamed House members that the new Speaker did not complete his NYSC programme.

Bankole had on Wednesday while defending himself against the allegation said he actually served at the Federal Capital Territory, while three of his former colleagues in the programme, including the Oceanic Bank Manager at the National Assembly, confirmed he served with the new Speaker.

The manager and his colleague, a legislative aide at the National Assembly, also produced a group photograph with the Speaker during their endurance trek at the Kubwa NYSC Orientation Camp in Abuja.

Bankole’s dousing of the controversy trailing his national service came as the South-east zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday finally elected Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who represents Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal constituency of Imo State as the Chief Whip of the House.

In the election conducted at the National Assembly, Ihedioha who is a member of the Integrity Group polled 20 votes to defeat the former Whip, Hon. Bethel Amadi, who got 15 votes.

With the election of Ihedioha, the list of new principal officers of the House is now complete.

Amadi is the only former officer under former House Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Etteh’s leadership that was not returned.

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=94697

This lays to rest the rumour

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Case closed abi. Though not that i expect much to change, but let the power block shift a bit. On the face of it the speaker was not the annointed candidate.

Now the arguement on NYSC should be put in proper perspective. Its situations like this that should cause thinking people to re-accessed the status quo, NYSC has lost its relevance. If the programme cannot be all emcompassing and properly structured it should be scrapped. Why should it be only graduates that serve?

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Speaker provides copies of NYSC Discharge Certificate

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What is the argument that the scheme has overstayed, its rubbish let him produce the discharge cert and everything will be settled. According to British law, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants. But most importantly, she can, upon request pee in a Policeman's helmet. This law dates back to who know when but they still obey it as far as it has not been repealed. So its a law in 9ja do service if you wanna take public office. His case cannot be treated differently.

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Section 13 of the NYSC Act (amended in 1993) makes it criminal for anyone to dodge the service, under-declare educational qualifications or work in either public or private sector without undergoing national service.

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Honestly we do not have politicians and lawmakers in this country. What we have are a bunch of thugs and hypocrites whose missions are to just enrich their pockets with the money they are supposed to use for the upbringing and wellness of the nation, and who fight like kids over trivial issues. instead of them to face better things, they're now digging into one unnecessary issue. if they knew that they want exemption or discharge certificate, why don't they make it a criteria to enter the house in the first place? Shameless people.

@uchetobi, i wouldn't blame the NYSC scheme on that one, i'll rather blame the government for not reviving and taking care of our roads and other forms of transport, and for making life unbearable for its citizens.

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@auwal,

Good at least we have some picture, which shows he attend NSYC CAMP. so cant claim exemption

Now we need certifcate that he actually completed it!

Many people enter University(they have matric pics) but did not graduate; so we need the NYSC certificate.

what interesting also: he did NYSC 3 years after he started working:

Going by his CV, Bankole was 26 years old when he started working in 1995 at Freight Agencies, Lagos.'

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Quote of the day: "A law breaker can not be a law maker"

Nigerians are hilarious. I guess there goes the entire House.

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New Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Dimeji Bankole (arrowed), with other corps members at the orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, when he did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Abuja in 1998.

http://www.tribune.com.ng/

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that is it. crystal clear.

It is very simple.

Speaker should produce his certificate, exemption or be thrown out!

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In as much as i agree with you that NYSC is not what is used to be but the fact remains that for you to take public office in Nigeria you must present your discharge certificate or exemption certificate(Graduates) as the case may be. Until they amend that part of the law or constitution i am of the opinion that the law be adhered to strickly.

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A law breaker cannot be a law maker.

If you dodged the NYSC then he should be thrown out. We must begin to insist on credibility, integrity, discipline, rule of law and professionalism in all we do if we must make meaningful progress.

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While the NYSC was a nice idea at the start, it is however, a flawed project.

Do people really gain much by "serving" apart from those that meet future partners etc?

To make it even more ridiculous, NYSC only applies to citizens that are have gone into further education. What is the sense in that? If it is supposed to be a "national" service, then criteria must be set that allows everyone to partake and not just a selected portion of the population.

Why should the speaker of the house not carry out his duties, because of an NYSC programme that has lost a lot of support from students. Maybe next time national "advisers" will think more deeply before just making certain programmes mandatory.

However, I do agree that the leaders should set the right example at all times. What is the point of publicly supporting the NYSC programme and then appointing someone who hasn't completed his NYSC. A classic case of hypocrisy which has paralysed our country for many decades. Our leaders talk about good healthcare system and then travel abroad for treatments both minor and major. The chancellors talk a lot about education, then send their kids abroad to educate them mostly on public money. I wonder when we will actually wake up from our slumber and actually begin to take matters into our own hands.

The government should be decisive, the NYSC should either be maintained or scrapped. We need a decision one way or the other. Indecision is no decision!!

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The question is not if NYSC is beneficial to you or to the economy of Nigeria and the law was not made today or because of the dude. If the law is there then he must save or remain safe employed.

Even if he studied outside nigeria he must come back to save as far as he has the intention to work in Nigeria. In the circumstance that he is more than 30yrs b4 he graduated he must get the exemption certificate from NYSC office otherwise he cannot hold a public office in Nigeria as the law stipulates.

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NYSC law is very clear!

We cant have a law breaker now making law!

great things must be done with great attention to law and consistency

so we cant even trust his CV: 'Going by his CV, Bankole was 26 years old when he started working in 1995 at Freight Agencies, Lagos.'

So he did NYSC 3years after he started working??

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Now that there is a speaker who had no NYSC certificate, maybe he will start working on how to abolish the nonsense called NYSC!

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This is uncalled for, instead of facing the business of making laws people are bringing up trivialities like NYSC certificate. Is it not the same NYSC that said they didn't have enough money to take in all the graduates for service this year? graduates from universities were even pleading with the government to consider their situation, is that what you call serving your country? You have to beg your country before it allows you to serve it?

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Why should our system haunt 40yr olds and over with a mistake they made probably 20years ago.

Why should an idea passed into a decree without proper referendum by a group of generals terminate people's ambition to serve their fatherland in modern and democratic Nigeria

that law is outdated (I served and thought Mathematics for full 1 year but I also think it is outdated and should not be compulsory)

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While I don't see the point of the NYSC program,however,as long it exists,anybody putting himself forward for such a high profile position must comply with the neccessary requirements.If you have a "dodgy" NYSC background,then you shouldn't be running for Speaker

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@ folem,

What is the economic input of this scheme to the National economy?

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Fantastic. Nigeria we hail thee.

Quote from: babasin November 02, 2007, 06:00 PM

See full post here: http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria?topic=90496.msg1643812#msg1643812

Quote from: babasin November 07, 2007, 05:39:35 PM

"Hosanna" today, "crucify him" tomorrow - anyone remember that song??

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Wow now he is a big fraud? Hands up all graduates who actually served without changing the primary posting from a village to a town, and did not escape camp for the assigned duration of 2 weeks or 4 weeks as the case may be, or did not appoint someone to sign for you while you where some where else or a ghost cooper who only came for the passing out ceremony?

What's basic about NYSC ? by virtue of its design it exempts lots of Nigerian. How many people in the House went through NYSC? How many of our leader have been through this system? NYSC is not a yardstick to access ones leadership abilities nor loyalty to the nation.

Why don't we wait to hear his defence. Its a pity that this only comes out now so how did he get into the house in the first place. If you ask me he should be left to do the job for which he is best qualified.

Leave Dimeji alone if I might borrow your phrase

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This particular law is outdated and is not in tune with practical realities on ground.

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I am more certain than not that the guy did NYSC. I can confirm that he participated in the NYSC orientation camp with my brother in Abuja in Feb 1998, but not sure which institution/company he served in afterwards or whether he transfered to another state to complete his NYSC. My brother had mentioned him to me before and after he became a member of the House of Representatives. I think he may even have camp pictures that Dimeji featured in.

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Its all about integrity. The law is there and must be obey. If he in did did not serve he should be remove with immediate effect. Hope can you trust someone who did not serve.

How do we know for fact all his credentials are valid. We must adhere strictly to the laws of the land.

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Bankole should provide his NYSC certificate. or show evidence.

It is that simple.

If you serve NYSC; it so easy to show evidence.

This guy smells like a big fraud.

If we cannot trust him with basic issue of NYSC certificate; how can we trust him to serve Nigerians??

Or he only want to serve Nigeria when its sweet??

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what kind of people are we in this country?

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This Bankole is lying, a fraud. He should be removed with immediate effect.

Even if you lost your NYSC certificate; you will still remember which state you served, which city, and what you did; teach, work etc

rule of law at all times.

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This Funke Egbemode is a shameless political and moral prostitute. She was dead beat defending Etteh. Now she has jumped from Etteh to defending Balogun. When Balogun leaves, as I know he will soon, Funke will jump to the next ship. Na wa for Waec oh!

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Anyway am sure all this thread is for nothing, he will provide a discharge or exemption certificate so…

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whatever process, if he does not have NSYC certicate and no exemption. He cannot hold any public office in Nigeria!

Many of us wanted to do away with it but we warned so long you need Govt better do attend NYSC. He does not have 2 head.

I know many who study aboard, came to do NSYC and left back again.

atleast  I have 3 such teachers in high-school

This is meant for the 'elite'; we all know problem of Nigeria is 'elite'.

Many of us that served in places away from our ethinic-people still have good friends and respect for those people.

That 1yr remains one of the memorable years.

RULE of law at all times!

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@Folem push him out now,

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I for one has always been a fan of making the NYSC a matter of choice, reason being for those who have a clear vission of where they are heading to after graduation it is a waste of 1yr. But for those who are unsure, it provides a platform for gradual and paid transition from student to labour market.

If its the talk about unifying Nigeria, that to me is gibberish and the purpose has been defeated. There is no way someone will at age over 21 begin to unlearn how to hate their compatriots if they have chosen to do so.  Besides that only a section of the population go to University and by extension NYSC, hence what it means is that those who have'nt gone to University will never have an opportunity to learn how to "love" their compatriots.

Targeting kids in Primary schools and teaching them how to "think Nigeria" will do a better job and affect a wider cross-section of the population than the NYSC scheme.

On Dimeji Bankole

Before Babasin gets excited

Some of the salient points you have to look at include:

1. You can not ask Dimeji Bankole to resign his position as speaker because of NYSC, the only criteria for being speaker is being a member of House of Reps which Dimeji Bankole is. However you can ask him to resign as an MP based on lack  of NYSC which if he does he will by extension loose his speakership.

Hence if the issue is removing Dimeji Bankole as an MP based of NYSC, it is the prerogative of INEC (not House members) to do that through the courts. INEC will also have to explain to Nigerians why such a man passed screening in the first place. Besides that Dimeji Bankole will not be singled out, INEC in doing that will have to review the credentials of all public officers and punish all those found wanting not just Dimeji (whether it is age, Nationality or asset declaration).

So the issue is not that straightforward, Dimeji Bankole can not resign as Speaker because he has not served Nigeria and remain in House of Representative.

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crap, NYSC is nothing, what has Nigeria done for me to deseve one yr of my life.

pls d house have better things to talk about than that crap called NYSC

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I once asked if this guy will last. Obviously he also has a baggage. Away with him now. By the time it is 8 years, Yorubal would have produced 8 or more speakers

New Speaker Accused of Dodging NYSC

From Stanley Nkwazema in Abuja and Tunde Sanni in Ibadan, 11.07.2007

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Barely one week in office as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole may have been presented with his own political baptism.

Some unnamed members are alleging that the new Speaker evaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

The scheme is mandatory for Nigerian graduates of universities and polytechnics but those who are 30 years or above on completion of their studies are exempted.

Also exempted are those who have served in Nigerian military and police.

Section 13 of the NYSC Act (amended in 1993) makes it criminal for anyone to dodge the service, under-declare educational qualifications or work in either public or private sector without undergoing national service.

Some House members, rattled by the way and manner the former Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Etteh, fell from the office, are insisting Bankole dodged the scheme.

The new Speaker will be 38 today.

Going by his CV, Bankole was 26 years old when he started working in 1995 at Freight Agencies, Lagos.

Efforts to get the response of the Speaker to the allegation last night were unsuccessful.

But THISDAY learnt that Bankole will address a news conference on the issue at 12 noon today, two hours before the House resumes sitting.

As if responding to the issue, however, the Speaker’s father, Chief Alani Bankole, said yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, that the banana peel, the political phrase used to describe the fall of politicians from exalted positions, was not for his son in his new position.

It was gathered that the seeming banana peel may not be unconnected with the short message service (SMS) that went round the House last Thursday before Bankole eventually emerged as the Speaker.

In the SMS, members were told not to vote for Bankole, saying he was a chronic bachelor and that rather than serve Nigeria through the NYSC programme, he served the British Army.

Those against Bankole then also said he swore to an oath of allegiance to the British Government before he was enlisted into the British Army.

But a member of the Integrity Group and a close friend of the new Speaker told THISDAY last night that since Bankole was honourably discharged from the British Army, whatever allegiance he had to that country subsisted while he was in active service and not after his discharge.

On the NYSC programme, the source also said that may not be necessary since Bankole received military training and also graduated from a military academy like Sandhurst where many Nigerian senior military officers were trained.

He said what he would need was an exemption, if he chose to work in public service.

Bankole, who represents Abeokuta Federal Constituency, of Ogun State, holds a Masters Degree in military techniques from Oxford University, England and was an Oxford Officer Trainee in 1991.

He also passed selection to Sandhurst and was in the Royal Artillery Corps for a Short Service Fast Track Officers Course.

From 1995 to 1998, he was a Director of Freight Agencies and later moved to become the Executive Director of Operation at the West African Aluminium Products Limited, Ikeja, Lagos owned by his father.

The new Speaker is spending his second term in the House. He was first elected to represent his constituency in 2003 and was the former Deputy Chairman House committee on Finance.

The elder Bankole spoke with newsmen in Ibadan at a symposium organised as part of the funeral rites of late Chief Adisa Akinloye, former National Chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

He noted that with his education and moral training, the new Speaker would be too conscious to avoid banana peel which had sounded the death-knell of many presiding officers in the National Assembly.

Bankole, the substituted gubernatorial candidate of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the 1983 election in Ogun State, said his son had surpassed his political achievements with his emergence as Speaker.

"My son will not be removed in the name of the Almighty God because he won't do anything to warrant that. He has got all the qualities he needs to be a good leader and to retain such an important position. I was never removed in any position I occupied in my life and I know with the support of God, his colleagues and the prayers of Nigerians, he will not be disgraced out of office,” the elder Bankole said.

The Egba traditional title holder urged Nigerians not to mistake his son’s youthfulness for weakness or soft mindedness.

He said: "My son will be 38 years of age tomorrow (today). When General Yakubu Gowon became the Head of State in Nigeria, he was 33 years and a bachelor and he had nine years of peaceful and progressive reign in this country; when Murtala Mohammed became Head of State in 1976, he was only 37 and when Olusegun Obasanjo became a military Head of State, he was 37 years. So if these former leaders did excellently well as leaders 30 years ago, and did not falter in spite of their age, then my son will perform excellently well and not falter.”

He said Dimeji would not be a stooge to anybody as he has an independent mind, "he can't be pushed around by anybody and he won't pander to the influence of powerful caucus within the ruling party."

The elder Bankole solicited for prayers from Nigerians for the lower chamber and for his son as Speaker.

On likelihood of his son’s position affecting the position of Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT) occupied by former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the same Ogun State, Bankole said he was not conversant with the arrangement for sharing offices in the ruling party.

"I do not know about the constitutional set up in PDP. I do not know whether the position in the party hierarchy, especially those of advisory capacities, will affect that of parliamentary or executive positions. I will not be in good position to comment on that,” he said.

But he said it would be diabolical to trade his son’s position considering his popular support from his colleagues for that of an advisory one within the party.

He said his son’s accomplishment was brought about by many factors which included devotion and belief in God, self discipline, forthrightness and sincerity of purpose, pointing out that with his educational upbringing, Dimeji would make the difference.

On the late Akinloye, Bankole said the deceased’s politics was devoid of bitterness and that the late politician was straight forward to a fault.

“He was a pillar to friends, reliable and a potent political actor in the First and Second Republics who never said anything against Chief Obafemi Awolowo, despite the fact that they belonged to different political parties,” he said.

The seminar put together as part of the funeral rites of Akinloye was devoid of colour as the elder Bankole and Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, former Director-General of the Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO), were the only associates of the deceased in the defunct NPN who graced the occasion.

Shinkafi lauded the contributions of the late Akinloye in politics and commended him for introducing the zoning system into Nigerian politics, which according to him, went a long way to stabilise the Second Republic.

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exactly. if you are a graduate and less than 30yrs, you have to serve your fatherland. It is the law.

He does not have two heads. Many of us also served.

This has nothing to do with NYSC but bad roads in Nigeria. People just got roasted on Lagos-Ibadan highway. They were not go on NYSC.

We need to start establishing that we will not accept any 'short-cut' to success in Nigeria.

They have lifetime to work but that 1yr must be given to serve Nigeria untill NYSC is scrapped.

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The Speaker should honourably resign if he has no exemption certificate and he should do that A.S.A.P to avoid the type of rowdy sessions we had in the last few weeks.

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all these allegations will not help matters, are these guys just going to pick bones in the house or are they going to do the business of the nation?

perhaps mr. speaker had mitigating circumstances that warranted his exemption from the nysc programme at the time.

they should get down to business asap and stop wasting tax payers' money.

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O please d scheme has overstayed its useful life, it has become totally senseless, meaningless, a death trap (for corpers traveling to places where they would have had no business going in the first place – ask me iv lost 3 friends), its now a money spinning vehicle for ZI’s. anyways as long as he has an exemption certificate or the real certificate if he served or not is irrelevant, afterall madam speaker dint even have a degree at all

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Your opinion though very wrong. The scheme had done more good than harm since its inception.

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The NYSC scheme should be canceled outrightly. It is just a waste of peoples' time. Graduates should be working.

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Are you people saying he does not have a NYSC discharge or Exemption certificate?

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