Improved welfare package for corps members enlisted as Ad-hoc staff for 2019 elections.
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In 2011, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would, amongst other things, allow the INEC to engage the services of corps members, on ad-hoc basis, for its electoral duties.
The memorandum, designed to be renewed after every four (4) years, paved way for the electoral body to enlist corps members for registration of voters and as Presiding officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) on election days.
Although, the provisions of the memorandum specified that INEC would pay the corps members deployed for electoral duties allowances (that would be determined by the commission), it, however, specified that the Commission will only make arrangement for accommodation, transportation and feeding for the period of engagement. As a result, corps members engaged for electoral duties have been subjected to serious of inhumane sleeping conditions when their services are engaged.
In 2015, the corps members engaged were made to spend the night in schools, offices, open spaces while their Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), Electoral Officers (EOs) and other INEC staff spent the night in the comfort of their hotel rooms. While the patriotic graduate youths groan in the cold and spend the night fighting off mosquitoes that made them "prey", their employers, staff of INEC, were having one of their best nights ever. There was public outcry and everyone hoped the situation will change in subsequent elections.
Surprisingly, when the corps members were enlisted for electoral duties in 2019, they were made to sleep under worse conditions than their predecessors in previous dispensations. It was shocking and disappointing to learn that our corps members, who gave up the comfort of their homes to ensure that our elections are free, fair and credible, were made to sleep in conditions that even for our domestic animals or pets would mean animal brutality.
When the elections were postponed, the corps members were left to find their way to their Places of Primary Assignment without any logistics support from INEC. That is by all definition, not fair! Totally unacceptable!
Please check some pictures of the corps members HERE
We hereby write to demand that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revisit and review their Memorandum of Understanding to make way for an improved welfare package for the corps members. Our corps members deserve to be treated as human beings as patriotism shouldn't mean sufferness.
It doesn't matter what your beliefs are, what tribe you belong to or what political party you identify with, compassion and humanity is not a lot to ask for.
These demands are fair, reasonable and obtainable. We ask the authorities responsible for the welfare of these corps members to consider taking action to humanely handle the corps members enlisted for electoral duty.
We believe we can create a kinder, more compassionate world if we raise our voices together. That’s why we are asking The Independent National Electoral Commission and the National Youth Service Corps to step up to their responsibilities. Not just for the comfort of these corps members — but for the millions of Nigerians who have lost their hopes in our leaders and the future of our country, Nigeria.
If you agree that these corps members deserve better welfare packages while on electoral duties, please sign and share this petition today.
Ayodeji ALADEJANA - Ex-corps member, 2017 Batch 'A'
Adeola ADELUGBA - Ex-corps member, 2016 Batch 'B'
Dr Opeyemi ADEYEMI - Ex-corps member, 2017 Batch 'A'
Bukunmi FADEYI - Ex-corps member, 2017 Batch 'B'
Olatoyosi AYOOLA - Ex-corps member, 2017 Batch 'B'
Fogofoluwa JIMOH - Ex-corps member, 2016 Batch 'B'
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