NYSC to deploy 134,000 corps members for elections
THE Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig-Gen Johnson Olawumi had stated that about 134,000 had registered with INEC to be used in the conduct of the forth coming election.
Olawumi who explained that at the end of the registration, about 168,000 registered to participate, however stated that among those that registered were 34,000 of the Batch A who had passed out on February 19 and who will not participate as corps members but adhoc staff of INEC.
“INEC asked interested corps members who want to participate in the election to register online. As of the end of the registration, there was about 168,000 registered.
“We always have three batches of corps members and because the election was slated then in February 14th, the Batch A of last year, that registered and are supposed to participate in the election, passed out February 19. Our plan initially was that they will participate in the process but when the election was postponed, we saw that we cannot keep them or we will violate the NYSC act. They numbered about 34,000.
“We wrote to INEC to explain to them that the Batch A corps members are passing out and we cannot hold on to them but since they have been trained, they should be employed as adhoc staff. They are not going to participate as corps members.
“Therefore if we remove 34,000 from 168000, it will be 134,000 that are to participate. They are already trained and are ready,” he said.
Olawumi who was speaking during a press briefing on the 2014 President’s NYSC Honours award also stated that the Scheme in collaboration with the security agencies had put in place water tight measure to ensure adequate security of corps members participating in the polls.
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