NYSC won’t compromise on election, says DG

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 22nd, 2014
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Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi has said corps members will not compromise in the August 9 governorship  poll.

But he warned the participating corps members to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.

Olawumi, who spoke during a media chat in Abuja, said: “Corps members have exhibited high sense of duty, commitment and patriotism in their participation in the electoral process.”

He said the allegations by politicians that the scheme had compromised in its partnership with electoral body to conduct credible election were unfounded and should be taken as political tactics.

“We have the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) too alleging that all my members of staff in Osun State have been compromised and agitating that I should remove them. You are bound to see thing like this in election.

“I want to state categorically that we don’t just deploy these corps members for electoral duties, and as far as we are concerned, they are not the alpha and omega as far as conduct of election is concerned; they are just playing a minute role there.

“It is important to let you know that we don’t just push them out, they conduct a sensitisation training for them and in the cause of that, give them manual. Apart from all these, we let them know that they are all adults and they will be responsible and that they should be ready to face the consequences of whatever action they decide to take why taking part in elections,” he said.

Olawumi noted that a situation where politicians from the ruling and opposition parties in the state were painting NYSC bad before the electorate was not proper.

The DG added that such misinformation about the NYSC to the public could breed disaffection, which could make the corps members vulnerable to attack.

He urged those responsible to desist from such act.

Olawumi insisted that the policy of the scheme still remains rural posting, stressing that corps members were more desirous and needed in the rural areas than urban centres.

He explained that corps members had the right to seek relocation based on health, marriage and security grounds, but decried a situation where medical report is forged to seek relocation.

While disclosing that 96,000 graduates would participate in the 2014 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Exercise coming up on August 5, Olawumi vowed to punish any corps member found with fake medical papers.

He appealed to both state and local governments, “who have not been consistent in rendering required assistance to the scheme, to brace up and fulfill their obligations.”


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