By Agoha, Chikaoha Justice
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said the service year of outgoing members of the corps would not be extended irrespective of their participation as ad hoc staff in the rescheduled general elections.
The clarification follows strong speculations by some members of the public that the service year of the corps members who are due to pass out from national service on February 19 would be extended in order to enable them participate in the conduct of the general elections for which they had been trained by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
NYSC Director of Press, Mrs. Bose Aderibigbe, made the clarification while entertaining questions in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to her, participation as ad hoc staff of INEC in the forthcoming elections would not affect in any way the 12-month mandatory national service of the corps members.
Mrs. Aderibigbe said the NYSC does not make provision for the welfare of corps members beyond 12 months, adding however that the outgoing corps members would participate in the elections, having being trained for the exercise.
“They have finished as corps members; that is why we are passing them out. If they stay till March, it means government will be paying their money.
“They are only entitled to 12 months’ pay from NYSC. So, as soon as they pass out, they get their certificates and go.
“They may stay back and participate in the elections because they have been trained to do it, not as corps members, but as ad hoc staff of INEC,”Aderibigbe said.
She maintained that following their completion of national service, these outgoing corps members would have their welfare taken care of by INEC.
The NYSC image maker noted that INEC had promised to pay them all of their entitlements, including transport and feeding allowances, even as she enjoined the affected corps members not to entertain any fear in connection with their welfare or security.
Education Post understood that the NYSC had already inaugurated a security committee to ensure the safety of all corps members who would be participating in the electoral exercise.