- The INEC and the security agencies have been commended for their readiness for the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano state
- Suleiman Kazaure, NYSC director general, said the provision of adequate security for the ad-hoc staff and corps members to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections is commendable
- According to Kazaure, the state of preparedness is an indication that the electoral body is set to ensure the welfare and safety of the corps members
The National Youth Service Corps has lauded the level of preparedness by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for the presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano state.
Suleiman Kazaure, NYSC director general, made the commendation on Friday, February 22, while inspecting some of the registration area centres provided by INEC as accommodation for the corps members who will serve as ad-hoc staff, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Represented by Habibu Isah-Kurawa, scheme’s director for general services, Kazaure said the state of preparedness is an indication that the electoral body was set to ensure the welfare, security and safety of the corps members deployed to local government areas of the state.
He added that the NYSC is also doing everything possible to provide good atmosphere for the corps members by addressing the challenges earlier reported to have faced by the corps members before the postponement of the election.
The director-general further said the provision of adequate security for the ad-hoc staff and also INEC and NYSC officials to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections was commendable.
He, therefore, charged the corps members to behave and conduct themselves well throughout the exercise in line with the ethics of the scheme and INEC’s guidelines to ensure free, fair and acceptable elections.
The NYSC coordinator in Kano, Ladan Baba, assured all corps members that expressed their interest to participate in the conduct of the elections and applied through the internet that none of them would be removed.
According to him, 8,708 out of the over 11,000 corps members in the state expressed interest to participate and were given training by INEC in collaboration with the NYSC.
He called on the corps members who were posted to other local government areas different from that of their NYSC primary assignment to exercise patience, saying it has been resolved.
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According to him, “I wish to express our worry over the harsh and unpleasant experiences faced in the deployment and logistics for participation of corps members as INEC ad-hoc staff,” he however said.
“We noted with dismay the omissions and dislodgement far away from places of primary assignment, inadequate arrangement for transportation and accommodation in some RACs.
“Therefore, I implore you to regard the situation as temporary in the threshold of inscribing your names in gold in the history of elections in the country.”
He also implored INEC to make adequate logistic arrangement for the corps members’ welfare, transportation, accommodation and security, especially at the RACs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Suleiman Kazaure, director general of NYSC, solicited the protection of corps members by the police command and the 6 division of the Nigerian Army in Rivers state during the elections.
Kazaure made the request during his separate courtesy visits to the heads of the two security agencies in Port Harcourt on Thursday, January 24.
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