‘We Don’t Take Ad-Hoc Staff For Granted’, INEC Reacts To Criticism Over Corps Members

Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it doesn’t take ad-hoc staff deployed for the elections for granted.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, said this during a forum with stakeholders on Saturday, while responding to criticisms over the treatment of corps members.

According to him, elections would not be conducted successfully without the help of the ad-hoc staff.

The Commission had come under major criticism on Saturday when images showing the corps members in distressing conditions – cramped together, sleeping out in the open and more, along with harrowing posts of negligence, surfaced online.

The criticism grew, spurning thousands of tweets and a global trend on microblogging platform, Twitter.

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The INEC boss, however, explained that the centres do not belong to the Commission and are only utilised once every four years.

According to him, a lot has been done to improve the conditions of the centres and much more would be done to keep make the staff comfortable.

He said, “We have done a lot to improve the super racks. Remember these are not facilities owned by INEC, they are public facilities used by INEC once every four years for a general election or as the need arises.

“But we have taken steps. We have procured generators for each of the super racks because that is the place where the youth corpers revise the training manuals before they are deployed to the polling units. They also see the opportunity to recharge the smart card readers before deployment.

“In some places, we have an understanding with the NYSC to ensure that mattresses are made available. We have also gone out of our way to provide mats, rubber buckets, water tanks, toiletries, to make the condition comfortable for the ad-hoc staff that we engage.

“Without these ad-hoc staff, INEC cannot successfully conduct elections anywhere in Nigeria and we don’t take that for granted. We will continue to do what we can to provide for their comfort”.

TRENDING: Nigerians Call For Better Treatment Of Corps Members

Corps members seen laying outside at a rack centre for INEC. Source: Twitter

 

As Nigerians react to the postponement of the general elections, some have also called for better treatment of corps members participating in the elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came under major criticism when images showing the corps members in distressing conditions – cramped together, sleeping out in the open and more, along with harrowing posts of negligence, surfaced online.

As the criticism grew, spurning thousands of tweets and a global trend on microblogging platform, Twitter, INEC met with stakeholders for talks about its last-minute decision to postpone the polls.

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At the forum, amid a flurry of criticism by political parties and queries by stakeholders, the issue of the experience of corps members came up.

But the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, explained that it was customary for INEC ad-hoc staff to stay at rack centres the night before the elections.

According to him, this would enable them to receive all the materials necessary for the exercise the following day.

He further explained that the facilities used across the states, did not belong to the Commission and were only utilised once every four years.

The INEC boss, however, stated that elections would not be conducted successfully without the help of the ad-hoc staff, hence, the Commission does not take them for granted.

While explaining that it has, in some areas, made provisions to make the centres more comfortable, Yakubu said the Commission would continue to do its best to provide comfort for the staff.

Police Arrest Eight Persons Linked To Murder Of NYSC Member

 

Eight persons have been arrested by the police in connection to the killing of a corps member in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

The Public Relations Officer, Samaila Usman, disclosed this to Channels Television via a telephone interview.

He said investigations are underway to unravel the incident surrounding the killing of Samuel Makene who was a 2018 batch ‘A’ corp member by some youths in the area after which those found guilty would be sent to court.

Samuel, was allegedly stabbed on the leg by an unidentified young man which resulted into severe bleeding after which he died in Akwanga general hospital.

The incident occurred at the residence of Mr David Ombugadu , the lawmaker representing Akwanga/Nasarawa Eggon/Wamba federal constituency and PDP governorship candidate, where Samuel was staying until his demise.

NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School

 

Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) can now heave a sigh of relief as President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018.

The Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures.”

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NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School
A file photo of graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja. Source: nouedu.net

 

Before the presidential assent, graduates of the institution have decried the alleged discrimination to participate in the one-year national youth scheme, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The NYSC has, however, been issuing ‘Letter of Exclusion from National Service’ to graduates of the institution.

 

A sample of the NYSC exclusion letter issued to NOUN graduates.

 

While stakeholders in the education sector discuss the issue of participation in the scheme, NOUN graduates also lamented that they were not admitted into the Nigerian Law School.

The President’s assent to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018 has now addressed the issues raised by the students of the institution.

This is just as the Act eliminates possible discrimination against programmes and products of the university.

“It has also allowed the establishment of some centres to be called study centres and given conditions for the establishment of such study centres,” Senator Enang revealed.

Reps Ask NYSC To Lift Ban On Benue Graduates

The House of Representatives has called on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to rescind its decision to suspend fresh graduates from the Benue State University from participating in the scheme.

The House made the appeal on Thursday, following consideration of a motion sponsored by one of its members, Emmanuel Orker-jev, in which he faulted the stance of the agency.

It has also mandated its committees on youth development and legislative compliance to ensure strict adherence to its resolution within a week.

NYSC Member Dies In Bauchi Canoe Accident

 

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday drowned in a boat accident in Gubi Dam in Bauchi State.

The corps member, 26-year-old Joseph Adebayo, who was attached to the state board of Internal Revenue, is said to have boarded the canoe along with two other corps members on their way to a picnic to celebrate the end of their service year.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar in a statement, said the other corps members were rescued by villagers who were fishing in the dam while the body of the deceased was later recovered on Friday morning.

The body of the victim has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa teaching hospital mortuary for medical examination while the police commences an investigation into the incident.

Minister Of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Defends Decision To Skip NYSC

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has defended his decision to skip the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Shittu explained that although he did not submit himself for youth service, he has not broken any law.

He said as a Minister, he has performed ‘higher service’ to the country.

The Minister said this on Friday in Abuja, at the screening exercise conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in preparation for the party primaries where he is hoping to pick up the APC ticket to run for the seat of Oyo State governor.

Shittu said despite not having an NYSC certificate he has performed higher service to the country and therefore he is qualified to contest and win elections.

Shittu’s reaction follows a report by an online news organisation, Premium Times, that the minister skipped the compulsory programme despite graduating from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) at age 25.

Premium Times has earlier reported that after months of discreet checks at the NYSC headquarters, it was discovered that the communications minister did not present himself for service after graduation and is yet to do so till date.

He also admitted that he did not serve but claimed he thought his first political post after graduation could suffice as national service.

The report that Shittu did not do the mandatory NYSC is coming barely a week after Kemi Adeosun resigned because the NYSC exemption certificate she presented was fake.

Adeosun Has Taken The Path Of Honour – APC

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Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (file)

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the decision of Mrs Kemi Adeosun to resign her position as the Minister of Finance, as an act of honour, strength of character and integrity.

In a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC also described the President’s acceptance of the development as honourable.

Her resignation followed a report published by online media organisation Premium Times, alleging that she had forged her NYSC exemption certificate.

She submitted the resignation letter on Friday, almost three years after she was appointed to the role by President Muhammadu Buhari.


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The APC congratulated her and wished her well in future endeavours.


“Like all responsive and responsible governments concerned about the truth and due process, the federal government undertook diligent investigation of the allegation.

“Now that the report of the investigation is out, the right thing has been done. The honourable minister has taken the path of honour and resigned. We congratulate Mrs Adeosun for her action,” Nabena wrote.

Speaking further, the APC praised the Federal Government for upholding the law while taking a swipe a the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for what it described as irresponsible governance in the past.

It said, “In President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of integrity and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, no officer of government with a modicum of questionable conduct or integrity should stay in office.

“In past PDP-led administrations, the country was held down by corrupt and irresponsible public officers who refused to honour invitations of the National Assembly; closed down national airports against perceived political adversaries; bought luxurious bullet-proof vehicles with public funds at inflated prices; locked out National Assembly members, forcing federal lawmakers to climb high barricades in order to assess the legislative chamber.

“It was these acts of corruption, impunity, irresponsibility and executive rascality that made Nigerians vote in the President Buhari administration in 2015, with its Change mantra to put a stop to such undemocratic practices.

“We wish Mrs Adeosun every success in her future endeavours and join President Buhari in appreciating her immense contributions to the stability of the Nigerian economy in the past three and half years”.

Osun Election: NYSC DG Asks Corps Members To Be Apolitical

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, addressing corps members at the permanent orientation camp in Osun State on September 12, 2018.

 

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corp members to be apolitical and vigilant.

He gave this warning on Tuesday while addressing corps members during his visit to the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Ede, Osun State.

“The Osun State governorship election is coming on the 22nd of this month. Some of you are going to be used as INEC Ad-Hoc staff. Gentlemen, be neutral wherever you find yourself,” he said.

Kazaure also warned the corps members not to collect anything from politicians or allow themselves to be induced by party agents to commit electoral malpractice.

He said anyone caught would be left to face the wrath of the law.

The NYSC DG also advised the corps members to be security conscious during the polls as they work as ad-hoc staff of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

He assured them of their safety by the security personnel deployed for the election and stressed the need for the corps members to carry out their duty diligently.

“You must be neutral and non-partisan,” Kazaure insisted. “We expect high level of neutralism and patriotism. Shun every form of inducement by politicians.”

“Don’t collect anything from anybody. Don’t allow yourselves to be involved in election malpractice.”

The Brigadier General also used the occasion of his visit to officially commission the NYSC four-bedroom clinic, built through the self-efforts of the state coordinator and his staff.

President Buhari Hosts Corps Members In Daura

President Buhari Hosts Corps Members In Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday hosted some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted in Daura, his hometown of Katsina State.

The President who revealed this in a series of tweets highlighted the opportunity the scheme provides for young Nigerians.

He asked the youths to enjoy their stay in the town.

President Buhari was hopeful that the deployment of young Nigerians in various parts of the country, different from their background, would have a positive impact on the nation.

The President said, “One of the Sallah traditions I look forward to the most is the visit by Youth Corpers posted to Daura. I think the NYSC is one of the best things that has happened to Nigeria, because of the opportunity it gives young Nigerians to see and know different parts of the country.

“Many of the corps members posted to Daura are from southern Nigeria and have never lived in or experienced this part of the country. For them to be brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a difficult thing, but I have no doubt it will make a positive impact on Nigeria.”

President Buhari added, “I welcomed them to my ancient town of Daura, and asked them to enjoy their service year, and the hospitality of the people.

“Regardless of where they’re from, Daura is also their home, and I hope that in the years to come they will look back to this time with fond memories.”

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Osinbajo Sympathises With Families Of NYSC Members Who Drowned In Taraba

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Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has sympathized with families of the nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who drowned in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State on Saturday.

In a statement on Monday, he lamented that the nation had lost some of its talented and productive young people in their prime.

He said, “this terrible occurrence has ended the lives of these young men and women bringing an abrupt end to their lives while they were dutifully engaged in National Service.

“The Federal Government appreciates their service to the nation and it is my prayer that God will comfort their families and loved ones, and that we would not witness such a calamity again.

“I would like to express my condolences to the families of the late youth corps members, the NYSC management and the people of Taraba State, where the sorrowful incident occurred and Edo, Enugu, Delta and Imo States from where the identified victims hailed.”

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The deceased were among 22 corps members who had gone on a picnic around the area when the incident happened.

Nine NYSC Members Drown In Taraba River

 

Nine members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Saturday drowned in River Mayo-Selbe, Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State.

About 22 corps members were swimming in the river when the incident occurred.

The corps members who were reportedly on a picnic were said to have been swept away after the river suddenly overflowed due to a heavy rainfall in nearby communities.

The tragedy comes barely a day after the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Maj. Gen. Zachare Kazaure, addressed the 2018 batch B corps members at the orientation camp in the state.