Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Wednesday warned against the killing of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) before, during and after the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
He gave the warning at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch “C” Stream “2” NYSC orientation programme at Kaiama, headquarters of the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.
Dickson, therefore, tasked security agencies and the political class to prioritise the security of the NYSC members against electoral violence.
The governor, at the event, announced a 100 percent increase in the monthly allowance the state government pays to corps members.
He advocated that those who jeopardize their safety and well-being should be dealt with in line with the laws of the country.
Dickson described NYSC members as very important citizens carrying out critical national assignments in every part of the country and stressed the need for all well-meaning individuals and government to protect them.
He urged the corps members to be law abiding and take their duties seriously, and assured them of his administration’s commitment to making their service year a pleasantly memorable experience.
Dickson also restated his call on the Presidency to expedite the signing into law of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill as it would go a long way to improving the card reader system and other challenges confronting the country’s electoral process.
Earlier, Mrs. Bolade Loto, the state NYSC co-ordinator, had expressed appreciation to the governor for his support to the scheme in the areas of payment of corps members allowances and provision of cash awards to outstanding members.
She noted that the Batch “C” NYSC members were equipped with 12 skills sets during the orientation course, and appealed to the state government to provide soft loans to youth corps members with good business ideas and proposals.