- Stakeholders have been called upon to provide adequate security for members of the National Youth Service Corps
- The call was made on Thursday, January 31, by the coordinator of the scheme in Niger state, Theresa Arokoyo
- According to her, corps members have been educated on being non-partisan and to maintain the highest level of diligence during the elections
Theresa Arokoyo, coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger state, has called on stakeholders to provide adequate security for corps members in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
A statement by Favour Albert, head of public relations of NYSC in the state, said that Arokoyo made the call at a forum with stakeholders in Minna on Thursday, January 31, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Arokoyo called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of the State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force to prioritise the security of corps members during and after the elections.
She added that corps members have been educated on being non-partisan and to maintain the highest level of diligence during the exercise.
She said: “It is, however, imperative to ensure as much as possible the safety of these corps members while carrying out this important national assignment."
Responding, Daura Abubakar, director of DSS in Niger, gave the assurance that the service would provide security for corps members as well as ensure a peaceful electoral process in the state.
He, however, advised the corps members to be security conscious and avoid unnecessary movements away from their statutory locations.
Paul Yakadi, commissioner of police in Niger, said that arrangement had been put in place for the deployment of adequate personnel across polling centres and the state generally for the elections.
He added that corps members participating in the elections as well as electoral officers would be properly protected at their various polling units as well as their lodges.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Major General Suleman Kazaure, urged corps members to be security conscious.
During his advocacy and sensitisation visit to Oyo state on Monday, January 22, Kazaure also called on the security agencies to protect corps members that would participate in the conduct of the elections.
He said: “Your ID cards must be on you, ensure your phones are recharged with enough airtime, be armed with pocket notes, have the phone numbers of your local government inspectors, DPO."
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