The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Mohamed Fadda, has urged members of the corps who will be appointed as polling officers during the 2023 general elections to abide by the election laws.
He made the call on Friday while addressing members of the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Corps at orientation camps in Yobe and Jigawa states.
Faddah stressed the need for them to be impartial judges, warning of the need to resist their use by anyone to commit fraud.
He told them that the nation had placed great confidence in the National Security Council, due to the contributions of corps members to the conduct of previous, credible elections, which also won the scheme honors from domestic and international observers.
The Director General advised the members of the Authority to take advantage of the self-employment opportunities offered through the Scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program.
He added that many of their predecessors who embraced the program are now thriving business owners and create jobs for others.
Major General Fada who congratulated the corps members earlier on the successful completion of their studies, urging them to be at the forefront of promoting national unity, and to remain disciplined throughout the year of service.
The Director General urged them to renounce cyber and ideological crimes, drug abuse and trafficking and other vices. He added that they should use social media to promote national unity and integration.
Fatah also appealed to corps members to interact freely, appreciate the culture of the host societies, and try to build lasting friendships.
He urged them to identify the perceived needs of their host communities and initiate projects that would improve their standard of living.
Major General Fada also advised corps members to avoid non-essential trips, adding: “If travel becomes necessary, permission must be obtained. Avoid traveling at night, make sure vehicles ride in designated parking lots and be wary of security at all times.”
Welcoming the Director General, Yobe State Coordinator, Mrs. Hafsa Yerema, said that a total of 836 corps members out of 492 males and 344 females were registered in the camp.
While in Yobe camp, Brigadier General Faddah conducted an examination of the ongoing Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Training Center which is still in the roofing stage.
In Jigawa Prefecture, the coordinator, Ms. Aichato Adamu, informed the Director General that all 1,203 registered corps members had adapted to the regiment nature of the camp.
Both attributed the recorded success to the teamwork of the camp officials and the high level of discipline among the legionnaires.
2023: NYSC DG, Fadah advises corps members on electoral conduct