The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has challenged corps members to ensure a credible, free and fair election ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying their roles as election officials are crucial to ensuring a credible, free and fair polls.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who gave the charge at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp Kaiama during the Closing ceremony organised for 2018 Batch B Corps Members deployed to Bayelsa State for their one year national service, urged the Corps members to shun negative tendencies and follow strict guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Gov. Dickson, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Hon Luka Obiri, advised the Corps Members to take the assignment seriously as their roles as election officials are crucial to ensuring a credible, free and fair polls.
“You must therefore avoid all negative tendencies and follow strictly the guidelines for electoral officials as laid down by INEC so as to successfully deliver on your roles as umpires” he said.
The Governor also said that the services of the Corps Members will be needed in areas of health care delivery, enlightenment, environmental sanitation,disease control, education and infrastructure among others and urged them to bring to bear their knowledge and skills for accelerated transformation and development of the rural communities.
While assuring their welfare and security, Dickson inspired them to be security conscious and to report to the relevant authority any health or security challenge in their host communities.
Earlier, the State Coordinator, Mrs Loto Bolade informed the Governor that the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development ( SAED) In- Camp training programme has enabled the Corps Members to be trained in over 12 skills sets and that the Scheme is in partnership with funding institutions so that Corps Members will access loans, transform their business ideas into thriving businesses and become employers of labour.
” I wish to reiterate our policy of ‘ No Life Jacket, No travelling on Water’ for those of you posted across water. Therefore, for those of you posted across water, get your life jackets before collecting your posting letter. Do not use hand- pulling boats,do not go for picnics by the Riverside or to take pictures. It is a serious offence. Any Corps Member caught violating this directive will be made to face the necessary disciplinary action.” Mrs loto advised