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2023: Adhere to election guidelines, NYSC D-G urges corps members


2023: Adhere to election guidelines, NYSC D-G urges corps members

The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has urged corps members that will be participating in the 2023 general elections to adhere strictly to all election guidelines as contained in the Electoral Act, 2022.

Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, the NYSC Director-General (D-G), said this on Tuesday at the closing of the 2023 Batch ‘A’ Stream I Orientation Camp.

The ceremony took place at the Temporary Orientation Camp in Amada in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.

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Ahmed said election was a national assignment, and that corps members participating in the conduct of exercise needed to do it with a high sense of responsibility.

He said corps members had contributed to the credibility of previous elections and earned commendation for the scheme, hence corps members participating in the 2023 election had a duty to uphold that feat.

“My dear compatriots, as you are already aware, the 2023 general election is around the corner.

“As was the case with the previous elections conducted from 2008, corps members will form majority of ad hoc personnel that will be enlisted for the conduct of the exercise.

“You are to ensure adherence to the guidelines contained in the Electoral Act and, especially, remain neutral throughout the exercise.

“It will interest you to know that the performance of your predecessors contributed to the credibility of the previous elections, and earned NYSC accolades from both local and foreign observers.

“Therefore, I enjoin you to take a cue from them by performing the election duties with high sense of responsibility,” he said.

Represented by the state coordinator, Mrs Ada Imoni, the D-G told the corps members that the scheme had secured commitments from relevant stakeholders towards their welfare and safety before, during and after elections.

Ahmed also urged corps members that had been posted to their places of primary assignment to be security conscious at all times, adding that security remained everyone’s business.

According to him, corps members are expected to avoid acts that can endanger their lives such as staying out late, attending night parties, visiting dangerous places, and acceptance of car ride and gifts from strangers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 839, 2023 Batch ‘A’ Stream I corps members comprising 465 males and 374 females were posted to various communities across Gombe State for their primary assignments.

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