The Director-general of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-general Sule Kazaure, on Thursday requested a review of the Memorandum of Understanding between NYSC and the Independent National Electoral Commission to reflect current social and economic realities. Kazaure said during a courtesy visit by the INEC
chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, that there was need to revise the MoU to include provision of adequate security for corps members who work as INEC’s ad hoc staff during and after elections. The NYSC director-general also called for an upward review of the allowances and insurance cover for corpers who take part in election duties.
Kazaure’s call is a weak request regarding an issue that requires a strong formal demand, but at least it is a step in the right direction. Good remuneration and insurance cover for NYSC members who take incalculable risks to help in the administration of elections across the country is absolutely imperative. An increment in the payments is long overdue. The federal government should urgently consider this before the next elections.
– Vincent Obia