The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to pay all outstanding allowances and entitlements of the corps members who participated in the Presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.
The service corps said that INEC must avoid delay in the settlement of the allowances, as another phase of the general elections is drawing near.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the call was contained in a statement on Monday by NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi.
NYSC also demanded that the electoral commission and security agencies must “continue to evolve strategies for the protection of all corps members throughout this election period and thereafter.”
“We assure corps members of our commitment to working with relevant stakeholders to promptly address all matters relating to security and general welfare throughout and after this election season.
“In this regard, we call on INEC to, as a matter of urgency, settle all outstanding training allowances and other entitlements of the corps members who participated in the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections.
“The commission should avoid delay in the settlement of corps members’ allowances for the next phase of the elections.
“We appeal to INEC and security agencies to continue to evolve strategies for the protection of all corps members throughout this election period and thereafter,” the statement read.
The NYSC noted that the Director-General, Maj. Gen. Seleiman Kazaure, saluted the courage, discipline and patriotism of corps members during the last elections and advised them to be resilient despite the challenges of welfare and insecurity.