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2023: Nigerian Youths Corps, NYSC Dissociates Self From Corps Members Endorsing Politicians

Posted by Samuel on Sun 28th Aug, 2022 - tori.ng

According to NYSC, Section 14 of its Act makes it an offense for any person who is not a corps member to wear the NYSC uniform, adding that such a person, if found guilty is liable on conviction to six (6) months’ imprisonment or a fine.

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has separated itself from campaign posters of corps members reportedly making the rounds on the internet.

NYSC in a statement by its Director of Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, on Saturday obtained by SaharaReporters noted that its members endorsing politicians violate its law as the scheme is part of the ad hoc workers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to NYSC, Section 14 of its Act makes it an offence for any person who is not a corps member to wear the NYSC uniform, adding that such a person, if found guilty is liable on conviction to six (6) months’ imprisonment or a fine.

The statement partly reads, “The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a campaign poster making the rounds in the social media, showing some ladies in NYSC uniform purporting to be corps members endorsing one of the political parties in the country.

"The message encapsulated in the poster is antithetical to the policy of the scheme which forbids corps members from showing partisan interest in politics.

"In addition, it is a direct assault on the integrity of the NYSC which is among the electoral umpires, and has been in collaboration with Independent National Electoral Commission in the conduct of elections in Nigeria since 2008.

"Management hereby restates that the Scheme remains apolitical, and neutral without any form of attachment to any political party. The stand of the scheme runs absolutely contrary to the message fraudulently conveyed by the poster.

"Management also wishes to use this medium to remind members of the public that Section 14 of the NYSC Act makes it an offence for any person who is not a Corps Member to wear the NYSC uniform. Such a person if found guilty is liable on conviction to six (6) months imprisonment and or a fine.

"Consequently, the general public is hereby advised to discountenance the information contained in the poster; while strongly admonishing Corps Members to abide by the policy of the scheme that forbids them from showing partisan interest in politics."



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