Mahamudu Bawumia did his mandatory national service after completing his university education.
According to Gideon Boako who doubles as the economic adviser for the vice president, the status of Bawumia’s national service is irrelevant to him.
He argued that the current national service scheme requires adjustments to better align with the job market demands for graduates.
Notably, Vincent Kuagbenu, a former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), accused Dr.
Bawumia of advocating for the optional nature of NSS due to his alleged failure to complete his mandatory national service.
Speaking in an interview on Citi News on February 9, 2024, he stated “Whether he did National Service or not, I don’t know, and I’m not interested in knowing that.
Boako further explained that certain circumstances allow for the waiver of national service, adding, “There are people who don’t do National Service but under certain circumstances, it is waived for them.