The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said the rumour that his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate is fake, lacks any shred of truth.
Ewhrudjakpo went into details of what led to the rumour, saying it was all down to an innocent mistake the NYSC made by misspelling his surname.
He added that the error was corrected after he complained in a letter to the organisation.
The letter reads in part: “I wish to once again request for the correction of my NYSC Exemption Certificate issued in 1998. I graduated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, in 1998, and was exempted from the mandatory national service on the grounds of age.
“However, when my Exemption Certificate was issued, there was an error in my surname. My surname was spelt Ewhnwjakpa instead of Ewhrudjakpo, which is the correct name both on my graduation certificate and other documents. I had earlier written requesting the correction, all to no avail.
“This error in name is causing me a lot of moral, legal and social inconveniences. It would, therefore, be appreciated if you direct the issuance of a new exemption certificate with my correct names.
“While looking forward to seeing your immediate action, please accept the assurances of my best regards.”
The NYSC in turn issued him a fresh exemption certificate, dated September 9, 2019, with the correct surname.