By Tolulope Atanniyi
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has warned Corps members participating in the polls to be wary of antics of politicians.
Chairman, National Governing Board of NYSC, Ambassador Fatima Abubakar, gave the charge during a special visit to the Ondo State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare Akoko yesterday.
Abubakar said that the commission was particularly interested in the safety of the corps members before , during and after the elections
She noted that all corps members on election duties must be diligently and avoid controversies.
She noted that the NYSC had on its board, representatives of Chief of Army Staff and Inspector General of Police whose duties were to coordinate the safety of Corps Members all the times, including during election periods.
She noted that the body could not afford that people’s children were thrown into the election field without any plan of protecting them.
“Elections are coming, by February and you know that you are going to be sent on election duties, I want to appeal to each and everyone of you to be sure that when you are sent on such duties, do your work diligently.
“Make sure you don’t go into any controversy, don’t allow any politician or anybody to deceive you to do what is wrong that can bring you into danger.
Abubakar later said after the passage of NYSC Trust Fund Act by the National Assembly, government was only waiting for where the funds would come from, which she described as a necessary government process.
Earlier ,the Ondo State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Victoria Ani, appreciated the board chairman for taking her time to visit the state orientation camp.
Ani, who informed Abubakar about progress and challenges being faced in the course of developing the orientation camp appreciated the state government for the support so far.
She noted that checks were done on all corps members that entered the camp in line with the standard practice and also to ensure safety of all in the camp.