The insurgency in the northeast and bandictory in some Nigerian states are forcing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to reconsider its affiliation with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as regards the deployment of corps members to those states. 

It says there shall be no deployment of corps members to these troubled locations.

This was a decision announced by the the spokesperson for the NYSC, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, in Abuja over the weekend, ahead of the upcoming Governorship and House of Assembly polls slated for March 9. 

While commenting on the risk that the corps members deployed to troubled states face, Adeyemi said that no corps member died during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, which held on February 23.

She then assured corps members that their safety and security were the top priority for the scheme.

She said corps members would not be posted to work as ad-hoc staff for the March elections in any state or area of the Federation that had  been adjudged as having security challenges.

According to Adeyemi, the NYSC do not allow corps members work in any security challenged area, whether it is for primary assignment or for elections and INEC understands that.

“Corps members are not allowed to work or live in such areas and this is understood by INEC.

"Once a place is adjudged and declared as having security challenges, corps members are not to serve there either for elections or primary assignments.

"Their security is always considered by the scheme during posting.

"We have seen reports in the media claiming that corps members died during the presidential and national assembly elections.

"The NYSC Coordinator in Rivers already addressed this issue and set the records straight that no corps member serving as INEC ad hoc staff died during the February 23 elections.

“There were pockets of violence in the state but no corps member lost his or her life.

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“Before corps members are deployed as INEC ad hoc staff, there must be an MoU between the two organisations and as part of the MoU, INEC is to provide welfare and security for the corps members.

“Payment of remuneration is also fixed and disbursed by INEC.

"The commission has stated how much corps members are entitled to and they also agreed that their welfare, which includes transportation and feeding will be handled by them," adeyemi said.

She said that the responsibility of the scheme was to ensure that the commission carried out to the letter,  all agreements signed by it.

Adeyemi also emphasised that corps members involvement as INEC ad-hoc staff was not mandatory but optional for them hence no corps member could be forced to carry out the assignment.

According to her, it is optional and no longer compulsory, we train and sensitise them and get them prepared for the assignment because it is a national assignment and INEC pays the approved Federal Government remuneration.

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