The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed over 200,000 Corps members as Adhoc staff, ahead of the general elections on Saturday. The NYSC’s Director General, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara Ahmed said Corps members represent over 75% of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) adhoc staff for the poll.
NYSC’s Director General made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday, while briefing journalists on the Scheme’s preparedness for the forthcoming general elections. He said those to participate in the elections have already been trained by INEC officials both in and outside orientation camps.
He said in return, the NYSC has put in place measures to ensure Corps members’ security during and after the elections. Ahmed said part of the effort was meeting with heads of security agencies to ensure that they are secured.
“those who are participating in this election have already been trained. Some of them are trained outside the camps. Those who just passed out were trained by INEC officials in the camp. Proper training has been given to them, guidelines were given to them. They have been well informed and they are ready to give their best.”
He further added;
“what is fundamental for me to also mention is the security of these Corps members. Since I took over, I have met with the IG of Police, the DSS, I have met with the NSCDC, I have equally met with the INEC and every hand is on deck to ensure that the Corps members are secured. “We were assured by INEC that they will carry these Corps members to their respective places of assignment and bring them back safely from wherever they are picking them from,” he said.