NYSC DG Assures Corps Members of Safety During Elections

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By Babatunde Adewale in Bauchi

Critical security stakeholders in the 2015 elections are working round the clock to ensure the safety and security of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members who will participate in the conduct of March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The assurance was given in Bauchi on Thursday by the Director-General, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi during a sensitization visit to critical elections stakeholders in the state.

“I want to assure you that we are not sleeping, we are working round the clock to ensure that you are all safe and secured during the elections”, he told corps members participating in the conduct of the 2015 elections.

As regard Bauchi, the NYSC Director-general explained that the Scheme State Coordinator has gone round all the 20 local governments engaging community leaders, security agencies, among other stakeholders for the safety and security of the corps members during elections.

“So be rest assured that wherever you are there people watching over you”, Olawumi told the corps members, revealing however that some flash-points have been identified in states of the federation including some local governments in Bauchi where they will not be deployed to partake in elections conduct.

“Be rest assured that as far as your safety and security is concerned, do not worry, you will conduct these elections peacefully and you will all complete your service year peacefully”.

Brigadier-General Olawumi advised the corps members to be strict to the dos and Don’ts during the elections, shun any financial and materials inducements by politicians, and make ‘honour’ your watch word.
“Whatever money politicians bring to you might look attractive but your honour should be your watch word, you should be funded by your honour, when they come to you with money, materials or whatever, just shun them, and do not accept them”.
Olawumi, who noted that the corps members’ participation in elections conduct is unquantifiable sacrifice to the services of the nation, also assured all serving NYSC members of the payment of their outstanding August allowances.
The NYSC Director-general further assured that the 2011 post elections violence that led to the killing of some corps members in parts of the country including Bauchi will nor reoccur as, according to him, all lose holes forestalling its reoccurrence have been flopped-off.
At the INEC State Office in Bauchi, the host Scheme state coordinator, Musa Abubakar had while introducing the NYSC Chieftain suggested the data provision of place of primary assignment, State Code Number and call-up number of any corps member involve in elections to curve fake member in the conduct of the exercise.
According to the Bauchi NYSC coordinator, the provision of such data at the disposal of INEC instead of local government residence of any corps member partaking in the elections conduct will help minimize the appearance of fake member in the exercise.
Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi had told the Bauchi REC of the need for harmonious working relationship between the scheme and the commission towards the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections in the country.
“I feel that when we work harmoniously together, we will be able to achieve our objective which free, fair and credible elections”, saying he always advice corps members involve in the exercise to be neutral and avoid anything that will contravene the Electoral law.
Olawumi warned that corps members will be accountable and bear responsibility for any misconduct they might do during the elections, saying any corper who act against laid down rules and procedures will be handed to the police, and is likely to lose his/her service year.  
The sensitization visit took the NYSC Director-general to some critical stakeholders in Bauchi that included the 33 Artillery Brigade, State Police Command, Directorate of State Security, and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 


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