Determined to shield his wards from entanglement in the murky sides of Nigeria’s dynamic political space, the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Yusha’u Ahmed, has counseled those of them to be engaged as ad hoc workers of the electoral umpire in the forthcoming General Elections to adhere strictly to the guidelines contained in the Electoral Act.
Ahmed gave the advice on Tuesday, in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at the closing of the 2023 Batch ‘A’ (Stream One) Orientation Course, where he was represented by the NYSC Coordinator in the FCT, Alhaji Suleman Abdul.
The NYSC boss advised the youth corps members to remain neutral throughout the elections.
He said that as was the case with previous elections, youth corps members would form majority of ad hoc personnel that would be enlisted for the conduct of the exercise.
He added that “it will interest you to know that the performance of your predecessors contributed to the credibility of 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.
“As you get set to partake in this important national assignment, I would like to assure you that we have secured the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies regarding your welfare and safety before, during and after the elections.”
Ahmed, therefore, urged them to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work and resilience which they imbibed during the orientation course as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
He enjoined them to perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and by-laws, as well as workplace rules and regulations.
The NYSC Director-General also warned them against unauthorised journeys, adding that if permitted to travel, they must avoid night trips.
In a related development, also on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, North-West Nigeria, Ahmed urged the NYSC members to be agents of peace and transformation to take Nigeria to greater heights.
Ahmed, also at the closing of the 2023 Batch ‘A’ (Stream One) Orientation Course held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, warned youth corps members against untoward behaviour ahead of the General Elections.
Represented by the NYSC Coordinator in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria, Mrs. Victoria Ani, he said to the youth corps members: “You are to ensure adherence to the guidelines contained in the Electoral Act and remain neutral throughout the exercise.”
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