Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, has warned corps members that will serve as electoral officials during the 2015 general elections to resist all forms of inducements from politicians.
Olawumi gave the warning on Monday in Kaiama while addressing 2014 Batch A corps members deployed to Bayelsa State during an unscheduled visit to the NYSC temporary orientation camp in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.
Olawumi, who reminded the corps members of their crucial role in ensuring a free, fair and credible election in 2015, noted that they must always be seen as unbiased umpires.
He explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission had promised to provide all logistics needed by corp members, to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
The director-general said, “You are aware that some of you would be engaged by INEC as electoral officials. You are therefore warned to reject any inducements from politicians. Do not allow yourselves to be used for any gains.
“In all that you do, the national interest must come first. And I can assure you that INEC is going to provide all logistics that you need to carry out your services.” Olawumi urged the corps members to make good use of the service year to acquire new skills that would prepare them for the future. He said that the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme in the orientation course content was designed to curb the increasing unemployment among graduates of the scheme.
Olawumi said the scheme was determined to check unnecessary travels by corps members due to attendant risks on the road, advising them to always obtain necessary permits before leaving their posts.
On the new orientation camp being built by the Bayelsa State government, he described it as a masterpiece, noting that the standard of facilities being constructed by the government would ease the current challenges being experienced by corps members on camp.