The House of Representatives on Thursday, October 12, 2023, during its plenary moved a motion seeking the Employment of Corps Members who were Victims of Election Violence into the Civil Service or Independent National Electoral Commission.
Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong–Udo who moved the motion noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission held the Presidential and National Assembly Elections on February 25th, 2023, followed by Governorship and House of Assembly Elections on March 11th, 2023, and April 15th, 2023, for supplementary elections co-opted over 200,000 youth Corps members as Ad-hoc staff to assist in the administration of the elections, thus, constituting approximately 80% of the INEC Ad-hoc staff.
He is Worried that some of the corps members were reported to have been victims of election violence, sustaining injuries from gunshots and machetes and despite facing threats, the corps members remained committed to ensuring that the 2023 elections were conducted in accordance with their assigned roles. Hence there is a need to employ these affected corps members to compensate for their losses and encourage future participation.
The house therefore urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce a comprehensive list of corps members who participated in the last 2023 elections and are victims of election violence and urged the Federal Character Commission and the Federal Civil Service Commission to review and subsequently consider employing them into public service of the Federation.
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