By Adebayo Fajinmi
Former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has launched a foundation, DashMe Foundation after her exit from public life. The foundation, according to her is a social enterprise, created to transform the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, disadvantaged youths and victims of domestic violence.
Adeosun disclosed the launch of the foundation on Monday via a post on her Facebook account.
She wrote: “Thank God for the successful launch of DashMe Foundation. I would like to thank everyone that made yesterday’s event possible; my husband and my family, the entire DashMe family, our partner-organizations, friends, and well-wishers. I cannot thank you enough.
“I would like to specially thank the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who gracefully chaired the occasion and has shown enormous support for DashMe throughout our journey so far.
“It is my prayer that the future leaders and partners of our foundation, will reflect on this day as one of a humble beginning that has led to our vision to create a blueprint for sustainable social enterprise and accountability in charitable donations for Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children, disadvantaged youth, and victims of domestic violence.”
This was her first public outing since the acceptance of her resignation by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,SAN, attended and chaired the launch.
On 7 July 2018, Nigerian online newspaper Premium Times alleged that Kemi Adeosun had illegally obtained her NYSC exemption certificate to get into public office.
On 9th July, NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Adeyemi Adenike released a statement that confirmed that Adeosun legitimately submitted a request for an exemption certificate, but also stated that investigations were still ongoing to verify the approval of the exemption certificate.
On 14th of September,2018, Adeosun resigned as Minister of Finance in a written letter to the President due to the alleged NYSC certificate forgery scandal.