Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has warned corps members that will be participating in the polls to be wary of antics of politicians that would come to deceive and lead them into wrongdoings.
Chairman, National Governing Board of NYSC, Ambassador Fatima Abubakar, gave the warning on Wednesday during a special visit to the Ondo State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare Akoko.
Abubakar said that the NYSC was particularly interested in the safety of the corps members before , during and after the elections.
The Chairman noted that all corps members on election duties must perform diligently well and avoid controversies so that nobody would report or have anything incriminating to say against them.
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 we are going to have the national election, 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, that you 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.
“You know how elections are, they can be very difficult, so make yourself safe because we don’t want anything to happen to a single corps member in this country. I hope you will do that,and that will allow us to sleep well,” she said.
Abubakar later revealed after the passage of NYSC trust fund act by the National Assembly, government was only waiting for the process of 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 her time to visit the state orientation camp.
Ani, who informed Abubakar about progress and challenges 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.
In her vote of thanks, Corps member Idowu Akinkuotu with state code number OD/22C/1159, appreciated Abubakar for her visit and later presented gifts to her on behalf of her fellow corps members.