By Saheed Ibrahim
The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed has charged Corps Members to strive to meet the expectations and aspirations of Nigeria towards the progress and development of the country as the nation prepares for the 2023 elections.
Ahmed made the charge in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘A’ (Stream 1) orientation course held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
The three weeks induction course, which commenced three weeks ago, had a total number of 1,153 Corps Members registered for the 2023 Batch ‘A’ (Stream 1) service year in Ondo State.
The Director General, represented by the NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani, noted that the Corps Members will form majority of ad-hoc personnel that will be enlisted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct 2023 general elections and warned them against any untoward behaviour.
“You are to ensure adherence to the guidelines contained in the Electoral Act and remain neutral throughout the exercise.
“As you get set to partake in this important national assignment, I would like to assure you that we have secured the commitment of INEC and security agencies regarding your welfare and safety before, during and after the elections”,
“On our part, we are committed to making adequate provisions for your security and general welfare in line with the policy thrusts of my administration. Accordingly, we are in constant liaison with security agencies and other critical stakeholders with a view to ensuring your safety as well as addressing other essential needs for a fulfilling service year”, he said.
The NYSC boss enjoined the members of the Corps to be diligent in their duties and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws as well as workplace rules and regulations.
He reiterated the need for them to integrate into the host communities, respect their cultures and build on the skills acquired from the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
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