The authorities of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Tuesday in Abuja said they have taken measures to achieve the safety of corps members that will be deployed on election duties next month. NYSC Director-General, Brigadier- General Johnson Olawunmi, told journalists that the measures are before and during the elections. Olawunmi said they “principally involves training, sensitisation, collaborating with all the relevant agencies in terms of security for corps members on the day of the election.”
He said the NYSC authorities are also “discussing with community leaders, engaging them and letting them realise that these are their children who are just serving the country and are not INEC members of staff; they are just serving their country.
“We are also letting them understand that that as they have corps members in their own communities, their own children are also in other communities doing that. So, I’m sure at the end of the 2015 elections, we will not lose a single corps member.”
Olawunmi lauded the participation of corps members in election process, adding that it has lent credibility to the process. The NYSC boss also opened the 9th edition of the War Against Poverty, a training programme offered corps members by the Federal Government.
About 400 corps members are said to be benefiting from the training, jointly handled by the NYSC and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, headed by Dr. Precious Gbeneol.