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Jega assures on welfare, security of corps members on election duty

BY VICTORIA OJEME
Less than 48 hours to the presidential election, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, has promised that the welfare and security of corps members will continue to be guaranteed. Prof Jega made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the Director General of NYSC, Brig-Gen Maharazu Tsiga, yesterday in Abuja.

He noted that additional security personnel had been deployed to ensure the security of the corps members during the exercise.

Commenting on the recent bomb blast in Suleja, Prof Jega disclosed that there was no serving corps member that died from the blast, saying many of those injured had since been discharged.

“I am ensuring that all those who are out there to frustrate the election will not succeed. Their plan was to create fear but thank God their objective was not successful.

“We are working to ensure that the welfare and security of corps members serving with us as ad-hoc staff are taken care of,” Jega said.

In his remark, the Director General NYSC, Brigadier General Maharazu Tsiga, said he wished that there could be a death penalty for the perpetrators of the incidence.

Commending the NYSC management for attaching much importance to the welfare of the corps members, Tsiga attributed the delay in the payment of the allowance of the corps members to banking transactions.

He assured that the NYSC will do everything possible to ensure that Nigerians had a free and fair election.

”If the international observers are commending them, why can’t we do the same. I want to assure you that we will continue to support you on the promise to come out with a credible and peaceful election,” he said.


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