Ahead of the upcoming general elections slated for Saturday, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure warned the serving corps members not to get involved in politics.
While addressing corps members on Wednesday in a sensitisation workshop, Kazaure represented by a Director in the scheme, Hajiya Fadima Mohammed gave the stern warning.
He, however, warned the corp members not to allow the politician induced them with money.
He urged them to maintain integrity and be transparent in their dealings during the course of the election.
He gave assurance that their welfare had been adequately factored into the welfare and security arrangement for administering the elections.
He further called on the corps members to take all the security tips they were taught seriously during the elections.
Kazaure said that the general elections would serve as an opportunity to consolidate and improve on the successes earlier recorded in our democracy.
“You are expected to handle this National assignment with a high sense of patriotism, responsibility and integrity as the INEC ad-hoc staff,“ he said.
In his address, the NYSC Coordinator in Kano, Alhaji Ladan Baba, assured the corps members that the scheme, INEC and all the security agencies were doing everything possible to ensure their safety and welfare.
He enjoined them to shun any form of character that would go against the Electoral laws.
Also speaking, the INEC Resident Commissioner in Kano, Prof. Riskuwa Arab-Shehu, said the commission`s major priority was the safety of the corps members.
He was represented by the Public Relations Officer of the Commission, Alhaji Garba Lawal.
He called on the ad-hoc staff, especially the Presiding officers, to take full charge of the polling units and should not allow anyone to make a decision for them except the INEC officials.
Arab-Shehu said the commission had provided the corps members with accommodation very close to the collation centres across all the wards in the state.
“We have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU with the Kano Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to provide vehicles to convey election materials and officials to all wards,“ he said.
He said the commission would ensure that the welfare of ad hoc staff and their allowances were paid immediately after the elections