NYSC recruits 134,000 members for elections

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A total of 134,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will participate in the coming general elections in the country, the Director-General of scheme, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawuni, has said.

This is as he declared that the NYSC has adopted a watertight strategy to guarantee the safety of corps members taking part in the elections.

Speaking at a media briefing on the 2014 President’s NYSC Honours Award ceremony scheduled for Monday, March 2, he said that out of the 168,000 corps members that were trained by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the elections, 34,000 have passed out and can no longer participate as corps members but as ad hoc staff, having been trained by the commission.

According to Olawumi, “We have an existing MOU with INEC for participation in elections but this year, INEC brought a new dimension and asked them to register online and at the close of the exercise, 168,000 registered, and because of the postponement we could no longer use the 34,000 out of those who have registered, as they have passed out.

So we wrote the commission that if they were to participate, it would not be right for them to participate as corps members but for the fact that they have been trained they could participate as ad hoc staff and would not wear the NYSC uniform, as it would amount to violating the NYSC rule. So far, about 2.8 Nigerian youths have gone through the scheme.”

 

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