By Albert Akota
The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has commended the performance of the corps members that served as INEC adhoc staff in the last Saturday’s Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections, saying the performed credibly well.
Ibrahim also said the efforts of his administration has led to the arrest, prosecution and jailing of some fake corps members, hence has help to stop the cases of fake corps members in the scheme mobilisation process.
The DG stated this on Monday in Abuja during his visit to the FCT orientation camp in Kubwa, saying over 20,000 foreign trained Nigerians uploaded online for mobilisation but that the physical verification measures put in place by the scheme help reduced the number of those mobilised to 3420.
Nigerians can attest to it that the NYSC is doing a lot in checking the issue of fake and unqualified graduates trying to make themselves available for service.
In the batch B stream 1 and 2 we made several arrest and I am happy to inform Nigerians that some have been prosecuted and jailed last week.
“The 2019 Batch ‘C’ mobilisation, over 20,000 foreign trained Nigerians uploaded online for mobilisation but through our measures of physical verification only 3420 showed up, that is to tell you that we are good, because I warned them earlier that if they are not qualify they should not show up.
“We have not arrested any single fake corps member in camp in this current orientation exercise going on.
Commending the contribution of corps members to the success of the Kogi and Bayelsa states elections, Ibrahim said the scheme has contributed to the election process of the country.
He said: “If not for the corps members, we wouldn’t have been able to have credible elections in this country, because as the INEC chairman would always say they are the most knowledgeable, most patriotic and the most readily available.
And I am so happy that we did excellently well in the Kogi and Bayelsa elections. And nothing untoward happened to any of my corps members as it went hitch free.
On the payment of minimum wage to corps members, Ibrahim said the federal government has approved the minimum wage for the corps members and that they should wait for payment