The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has said it is disturbed by the uninspiring pictures and tales of woes experienced by many corps members assigned for thr Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, duties in several states across the country on the eve of the postponed general elections.
The statement reads in part: “While these incidents have been adduced to the logistic challenges which the INEC experienced, the NYSC wishes to note that the unpleasant occurrences are totally at variance with the spirit of our MoU with INEC.
“It will be recalled that in the build up to the participation of corps members as ad-hoc electoral staff, the Director-General of the NYSC, Major General SZ Kazaure and members of Management embarked on nationwide tour to meet with INEC State officials, heads of security agencies, community and opinion leaders to obtain assurances on the welfare and security of corps members before, during and after the elections.
‘In these meetings, NYSC received full assurances on adequate arrangement for transport, accommodation and security, especially at the Registration Area Centres (RACs) throughout the period. We therefore expect improved safety and welfare provisions by INEC in the rescheduled elections.”
“In this regard, INEC has assured Management that it has commenced payment of training and feeding allowances to the corps members nationwide, as well as the election duty allowances.
“Finally, the NYSC Management wishes to thank parents, individuals, groups and other stakeholders for the show of concern for the well-being of our corps members and to assure all Nigerians that our commitments to their welfare is unwavering,” she said.
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