By Mary Umani
As 2019 general elections draw closer, the Cross River State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Adegoke Adewale has advocated for maximum security for Corps members who would participate in the 2019 general elections as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Mr. Adewale made the plea during a courtesy visit on the Cross River State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Frankland Briyai in company of some of his staff.
The NYSC Cross River State Coordinator requested that “both Corps members and staff of the scheme be posted to polling units close to their Places of Primary Assignment (PPA) and residents as this would help avoid unnecessary logistics and stress.”
He also pleaded with the Commission to avoid posting NYSC staff and Corps members to violent prone areas in the State.
Further he noted that “NYSC is in partnership with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible elections, stressing that NYSC has never failed in carrying out her responsibilities during elections and will do better this year.”
Receiving the State Coordinator and his team, the INEC REC assured that “Welfare of Corps members is the commission’s top priority as he understands the worth of Corps Members and their contributions to nation building which is proven by currently having up to 50 corps members serving with INEC.
The REC also assured the Coordinator that that Corps Members and staff of the NYSC would be posted to the polling units close to their PPA and would ensure adequate logistics and security to those who may be posted to distant locations.
Dr Briyai also disclosed that Corps Members would be trained at their various local government councils by Local Government Training Officers at a designated date that would be disclosed soon and would also get all their allowances as at when due.
Dr. Briyai who reassured that INEC will continue to collaborate with the NYSC urged the management to implore their Corps Members to be of good moral conduct and remain non-partisan as anyone found wanting will be arrested and prosecuted.
He noted that polling units will open from 8am on election days.
Highlights of the visit included a group photograph as well as the presentation of NYSC publications to the Resident Commissioner.
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