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Kwara REC preaches integrity to Corps members



Attahiru Madami

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami on Monday called on Corps members to always maintain their integrity wherever they found themselves.

Attahiru-Madami made the call at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu local government of the state while addressing Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation.

The Resident commissioner was at the orientation camp to sensitize Corps members on the activities of the Commission.

He also charged the Corps members to be patriotic, committed to the ideas and tenets of the NYSC throughout their service year.

The REC said INEC held Corps members in highest regard as they form the bulk of ad hoc staff during elections in the country.

“Corps members are dear to INEC, we value NYSC, and you are our major stakeholder because 70 percent of INEC ad hoc staff are Corps members,” he said.

According to the REC, out of the 13, 000 ad hoc staff INEC used in Kwara, over 7, 000 were corps members.

Attahiru-Madami told the corps members that the NYSC experience marked the beginning of life, hence the need to always maintain their integrity and family name.

He said his integrity earned him the success he achieved during the 2019 General Elections, adding that he refused to compromise his integrity.

The REC said welfare of corps members during elections was very paramount to INEC as critical stakeholders during elections.

Barrister Jacob Ayanda, HOD Voter Education and Publicity, who presented the REC paper said corps members played prominent role in electoral process in Nigeria.

“Corps members’ welfare is of paramount importance to the Commission.

“In the first place, the Commission ensures that all necessary logistic arrangement is made from the training period till after the Election Day activities is provided for them.

“Provision of Logistics in terms of transport from INEC LGA offices to the Registration Area Centers (RACs).

“At the RACs, basic amenities such as electricity, potable water, sleeping materials and toiletries are equally provided.

“Moreover, the Commission makes provision for adequate security for Corps members and materials to be used during elections,” he added.

The REC admonished Corps members, as Voter Education Officers at their places of primary assignment to always be well dressed and in presentable manner.

“As the Public Relations Officers of the Commission at the unit level, the corps members must protect the image of the Commission and regularly carry out publicity activities,” the REC said.

These activities, the REC said may include display of posters and election results.

An INEC official from the Headquarters, Mrs Adelowotan Iyabo said she was in Ilorin to monitor the sensitization of Corps members by INEC officials from the state.

Adelowotan, who is an Assistant Director in INEC HQ said the sensitization was to enable corps members to know about INEC and their roles during election if there is the need for them to participate.

She described the sensitization talk as very good, adding the corps members were very attentive during the Resident Commissioner’s address as well as the one presented by Jacob Ayanda, HOD VEP.

The State Coordinator, Mrs Tosin Esther Ikupolati charged the corps members, especially ladies to always dressed decently and desist from exposing their bodies.

According to Ikupolati, men would admire ladies more if they did not expose their bodies.

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