The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep its pledge of ensuring the safety and welfare of all corps members deployed as ad hoc staff for the general elections.
The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, said the commission had assured the scheme that adequate arrangements had been made for transportation, accommodation and security for corps members deployed for the exercise.
She however, stated that the unpleasant occurrences experienced by corps members on the eve of Feb. 16 were against the MoU signed by both parties.
“The attention of NYSC management has been drawn to uninspiring pictures and tales of woes experienced by many corps members assigned to INEC duties in several states across the country on the eve of the postponed general elections.
“These have been confirmed as authentic situation reports and have since been brought to the attention of the INEC management.
“While these incidents have been adduced to the logistics challenges which INEC experienced, the NYSC wishes to note that the unpleasant occurrences are totally at variance with the spirit of our MoU with INEC.
“We are therefore, currently engaged in discussion with INEC management towards ensuring that these and all other sundry issues bordering on the welfare and security of corps members are quickly addressed and redressed before the rescheduled elections.
“In these meetings, NYSC received full assurances about adequate arrangement for transport, accommodation and security, especially at the Registration Area Centers throughout the period.
“We therefore expect improved safety and welfare provisions by INEC in the rescheduled elections,” the statement read in part.
Adeyemi assured parents, individuals, groups and other stakeholders that the scheme’s commitment to the welfare of corps members remained unwavering.
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