An ex-corps member, Daniel Oluwatobi, who lost his sight during the 2011 general election has been offered automatic employment by the Independent National Election Commission, INEC.
Daniel Oluwatobi, who served in Yobe State, was said to have lost his sight due to injuries sustained while on election duty during the 2011 general elections. The ex- corps member would be resuming in the Ogun State office of INEC on his own wish.
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, presented the letter of employment to the ex-corps member before the NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure, at the headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Abuja on Thursday.
Prof Yakubu however stated that INEC, along with NYSC and other security agencies are working hard to ensure the security of corps members lives and property during elections.
The INEC Boss said after the sad event of 2011, INEC extended election insurance to all ad-hoc staff, including the youth corps members, adding that the greatest challenge facing election is insecurity.
The INEC boss appealed to the NYSC to continue “to assist the commission with corps members especially during the forthcoming elections in Kogi, Ondo, Rivers and Edo states.”
Daniel Oluwatobi thanked both INEC and the NYSC for showing concern about his plight, adding that with their intervention, he is now a happy person. The NYSC DG also appreciated the commission for fulfilling its promise to offer the blind ex-corps member automatic employment.
According to him, there is need for a review of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies, especially in the area of provision of adequate security to corps members during and after elections.
He said there was the need for the commission to provide adequate security for corps members carrying out election duties, provide transportation for them and increase their allowances.