Elections: Don’t accept food, gifts, NYSC DG warns corps members

NYSC DG has warns corps members deployed for the general elections scheduled for Saturday not to accept food and gifts from anybody.

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara Ahmed, has warned corps members who will participate in the general elections scheduled for Saturday not to accept food and gifts from anybody.

This is as he said over 200,000 corps members have been deployed as ad-hoc staff.

The NYSC DG stated these on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking with journalists on the preparedness of the organisation for the elections.

He said those to participate in the elections have already been trained by INEC officials both in and outside orientation camps.

“What I want to warn corps members about is that they should be careful in whatever environment they find themselves in. They should not accept any gift from any politician.

“They must not accept any food from anybody. As they go, they should carry at least their service support. Any form of gratification or gifts, we don’t expect any corps member to accept.

“We have deployed over 200,000 corps members. Those who are participating in this election have already been trained. Some of them are trained outside the camps. Those who just passed out were trained by INEC officials in the camp. Proper training has been given to them, guidelines were given to them. They have been well informed and they are ready to give their best,” Ahmed said.

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According to him, the NYSC has put in place measures to ensure the security of corp members during and after the elections.

Ahmed said part of the efforts was meeting with heads of security agencies to ensure that they are secured.

He said, “What is fundamental for me to also mention is the security of these corps members. Since I took over, I have met with the IG of Police and the DSS. I have met with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, I have equally  met with INEC and every hand is on deck to ensure that the Corps members are secured

“We were assured by INEC that they will carry these corps members to their respective places of assignment and bring them back safely from wherever they are picking them from.”

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