INEC Assures On Welfare Of Corps Members
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said adequate arrangements had made for corps members mobilized for the conduct of the general elections initially scheduled for Saturday, 16th February 2019.
Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) across the nation had decried the neglect and irregularities that affected their welfare during last Saturday aborted general elections, accusing the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of handling them as slaves.
The corps members pointed out that they had reported at the local government offices of INEC by 5pm last Friday and were immediately deployed to various Registration Area Centres (RAC) where they were stuck and ultimately got confirmation of the postponement of the election by 3:00am on Saturday.
According to the corps members although adequate security arrangements were made for them at the RACs, they were left to sort out their welfare matters as no attention whatsoever came from INEC.
Reacting to this, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, said, contrary to negative reports flying in regarding INEC’s poor handling of corps members mobilized for the general elections, the commission had made adequate arrangements for them.
He said, “We made adequate arrangements. It’s unfortunate that we found out that some corps members slept in the open. We made provisions for mattresses, mats, pillows and toiletries.
“In some of the areas, probably, those materials weren’t mobilized in good time to get to the corps members. There may be other issues which we don’t know yet, but we are on top of the situation because when we started hearing these reports, we contacted our state offices and the issues are addressed.
“We don’t want to put the lives or welfare of our corps members in jeopardy. I can assure you that they are very important to us. In fact, we can’t conduct elections without them. I can assure you that the commission will improve the welfare of corps members”, he stressed.