The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has debunked the news making rounds that it withdrew corps members from participating as adhoc officers in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Imo state during tomorrow’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
A statement issued by NYSC Spokesperson, Eddy Megwa on Friday, February 24, 2023 tagged the trending news as misleading.
Megwa clarified that, Corps Members were not withdrawn from participating in the elections in some Local Government Areas in Imo State, rather, NYSC was against posting Corps Members to areas consider unsafe for them owing to insecurity.
He stated that, before now, there were LGAs in Imo State considered as flash points and therefore, the Scheme could not allow Corps Members to serve in such areas during the general elections.
He said, prior to the 2023 general elections, the Scheme reached out to all Stakeholders to provide enabling environment for the Corps Members to effectively contribute their quota during the general elections, and as such, would not endanger their lives:
“Consequently, Corps Members cannot be posted to such flash points to serve as INEC ad hoc staff. We have clearly made our position known to the REC in Imo State.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to disregard the misleading and baseless online information meant to undermine the integrity and image of the Scheme.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the existing Memorandum of Understanding between NYSC and INEC on a seamless conduct of elections in Nigeria is still on course.
“NYSC Scheme is in total support of the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country. All the trained Corps Members in every State of the federation are set for the general elections”, Megwa said.