By Faith Igbudu
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Benue State has assured the 2022 Batch C Stream 1 and other corps members serving in the state of maximum security as they serve during the forth coming general elections.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the scheme in the state, Mrs Victoria Ogwuche, Benue State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Sam Egwu, gave the assurance Monday at the NYSC Benue Permanent Orientation Camp Wannune during a one-day working visit.
He enjoined the youths to be bold and courageous in the discharge of any electoral duty as adequate security would be put in place during the exercise.
The REC, encouraged the corps members, saying their involvement in the process was a sure way to guaranteeing credible, free and fair elections in the state.
Egwu similarly applauded the INEC/NYSC collaboration as seen in the general improved state of the electoral exercise sequel to the agreement and equally called for more support and cooperation from the NYSC management towards greater results.
Reacting, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Abe Dankaro, thanked the visitors and pledged the full support of NYSC and further stated that, approval has been given by the NYSC top management for full participation of willing corps members and staff as INEC ad-hoc officials.
Meanwhile, the NYSC Director of Corps Welfare and Health Services, Mr Baba Ladan has charged the 2022 Batch-C Stream-1 corps members deployed to Benue State to inculcate the virtue of unity.
Speaking at the state’s orientation camp, Wanunne, the director admonished the corps members to avoid such tendencies as, ethnic bigotry and nepotism; warning that those were inimical to achieving the ideal Nigeria.
“The NYSC was created by General Yakubu Gowon shortly after the civil war, which threatened to destroy our national unity, in order to reconcile reconstruct and rehabilitate,” he said, warning that acts of disunity by the youths would defeat the aim of creating the NYSC scheme.
Mr Ladan further charged them to be worthy ambassadors of the scheme by being of good conduct at the community of their primary assignment.
“You must respect the cultures of the people, and live sincerely among them,” he added.
Earlier, the NYSC Benue state Coordinator, Mr Dankaro, while welcoming the director, described him as a great man and a mentor.
Mr Dankaro expressed appreciation to the management of NYSC NDHQ for the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to corps members, and appealed that the standard be sustained.