The National Youth Service Corps and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have concluded arrangements to use corps members as Electoral Officers for the 2015 general elections.
This was disclosed by the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, on Thursday when he paid a visit to the NYSC camp in Obubra, Cross River State.
The NYSC D-G warned corps members against engaging in fraudulent practises during the elections.
“No corps member is expected to collect money from any politician or give out sensitive electoral materials for any financial reason.
“Any corps member caught in this act will be severely punished.
“The use of corps members in elections has become part of the electoral process for obvious reasons.
“Corps members are well educated and enlightened to handle election materials in all local government areas of the federation”, he added.
According to Olawunmi, NYSC and INEC will pay corps members’ allowances for participating in the elections
He also expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements in the Obubra camp and thanked Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River for ensuring adequate protection of corps members serving in the state.
He explained that the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneur Development component of the NYSC would reduce unemployment and make corps members to be self-reliant after their mandatory one year of national service.
Olawunmi added that “NYSC is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry to facilitate loans to corps members with good business ideas”.