Maduako Igbokwe l Sunday, February 12, 2023
AWKA, Nigeria – Anambra State chapter of National Youths Service Corps, (NYSC) has hinted that the scheme would not allow any corps member in the state to be deployed to flashpoints and areas prone to insecurity during the 2023 general elections.
NYSC state coordinator, Mrs Blessed Ekene Iruma stated this on Saturday at NYSC cultural carnival held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Unity NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, Awka South Local Government Area.
She said the management of the scheme had written to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC detailing them about flashpoints in the state where it would not want corps members deployed without assuring the NYSC of their security and welfare.
According to her, the scheme does not play with the welfare and security of corps members, noting that she would not want the youngsters to be posted to flashpoints without extracting adequate security assurance from INEC.
“The management of NYSC Anambra State recognises the violent and flashpoints areas and have written to INEC to take cognizance of those areas, so that the welfare and security of our corps members will not be endangered during the 2023 elections. We want assurance from INEC on the security of our corps members.
“Their security is very important to us and that is the major key agenda of the Director General of NYSC. We don’t toy with their welfare and security. We have written to INEC and we mentioned those flashpoints where we think corps member’s security would not be guaranteed and we are still waiting for INEC reply . In the letter we expect them to tell us how those corps members will be protected and handled in those areas” she stated.
On the cultural carnival, she stated that the purpose of the cultural carnival was to appreciate Nigeria values and culture.
According to her, the country has alot of beautiful, enticing foods and attires that can be exported to other parts of the world.
“We have locally made fabrics like aso oke,Adire and the rest to show the world” she stated. She also stated that the cultural carnival was to promote the Nigeria’s cultural heritage and to educate the youth what culture and traditions entail.
“Most of our youth don’t even know their values and culture. We are doing this to promote our culture so that the youth can know the importance and gains of having them” she said.