The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday distributed thousands of matresses to corps members who would be serving as ad-hoc staff during the elections beginning this Saturday.
This development may not be unconnected to the recent gory pictures on social media portraying where corps members were sleeping indiscriminately on the floor at the eve of postponed elections.
Commenting on this in Kaduna on Friday, NYSC Coordinator in Kaduna, Hajiya Walida Siddique said, the Director General of the Scheme, Major General Suleiman Kazaure had insisted on welfare of the corps members at their residential area centres (RACs) from where they are expected to move to their respective polling stations on the election days.
According to her, the matresses are to compliment mats earlier provided for the corps members by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Coordinator, supported by the Deputy Director, Human Resources Planning, who is representing the DG as election monitor in Kaduna added that, about eight thousands out if about ten thousand serving corps members in the state are voluntarily participating in the exercise.
She however noted that, no corps member is deployed to two local governments identified to be volatile; Kajuru and Birni Gwari.
“We don’t allow any corps members to be posted to the two local government areas where we cannot guarantee their safety. In fact, we withdrew ten of them posted to a community in Chikun because of its proximity to Birni Gwari,” she said.
In these RACs, which are mostly public primary and secondary schools, security, matresses/mats, water, generator, buckets, toilet facilities/toiletries are expected to be provided by INEC.