The acting Director General (DG) National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Christy Ifeyinwa Uba, Saturday, warned corps members desiring to work as ad-hoc staff during the 2023 general elections against engaging in electoral malpractices or violence, else anyone caught could be handed over to security for prosecution.
Uba gave the warning during her visit to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Unity NYSC permanent orientation camp at Mbaukwu/Umuawulu in Awka South Local Government Area (LGA) Anambra State, adding that no corps member would be forced to work as ad-hoc staff to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to her, corps members willing to work in the election were free to attend all the relevant programmes and training being organised by the INEC so as to be knowledgeable of the 2022 electoral acts and other electoral processes.
She also felicitated with the 2022 Batch C Stream 2 corps members who were incidentally celebrating their carnivals same day, and urged them to learn new things from various places they would be posted at the end of their orientation course, as well as to remain patriotic and good ambassadors of their schools.
“On 2023 general elections, note that it is an Adhoc assignment. We are charging you to be patriotic, neutral and apolitical. Do not participate in a wrong manner. You are not politicians but corps members (You may become one in future). If you run fowl of any electoral act, you will go to prison. We will surrender you to the state to prosecute you if you commit,” she stated.
Earlier, the Anambra State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Blessing Ekene Iruma, while praising the rich cultural heritage being displayed by the corps members, charged them to identify and relate cordially with people of the State, because according to her, Anambra people are accommodating and blessed with culture which is among what unite Nigerians.
Blueprint reports that the NYSC acting DG was also bestowed with a chieftaincy title of Nnedioranma 1 of Anambra State during the visit by the palace of Eze Ogboka Abuchi Moses, one of cultural group that displayed at the carnival.