The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.General Sulaiman Kazaure yesterday appealed to military authorities in Benin to ensure the safety of lives of corps members serving as Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, adhoc staff in the Saturday governorship election in the state.
The NYSC boss who made the plea in Benin City, Edo State capital when he visited the 4th Brigade Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in the state said the purpose for the visit is solicit for adequate cooperation and protection for corps members.
“We are here to appeal to you given the sensitive nature of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in which my children (corps members), will be used as electoral officers. We are soliciting for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of these children,” he said.
The Commander of the 4th Brigade headquarters, Brig.Gen. Benbella Raji, in his response said that the military in conjunction with other armed forces are aware of the importance in ensuring the safety of corps members especially during and after presiding on elections.
He further informed the DG that the problem normally erupts after elections and that is why he has put mechanisms in place to secure corps members during and after the election by drafting armed personnel to their various units who will escort them to their various lodges after the elections are concluded.
“I want to assure you that whenever the state coordinator calls, I shall not sleep until I give them the necessary assistance,” he said.
The Brigade Commander further commended the Edo State coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Akyam, Altine for her various contributions in ensuring that members of the NYSC in Edo State are safe.