The newly-appointed Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, has given assurance of safety to Youth Corps members during the forthcoming general elections.

Ahmed gave the assurance during his official visit to the Oyo State NYSC Orientation Camp on Friday in Iseyin.

He informed the corps members that he had on assumption of duty, visited all service chiefs in the country to get assurance from them for the protection of Corps members on election duties.

He, however, urged the Corps members to abide by the rules and regulations guiding their participation as umpires in the elections and desist from unauthorised journeys throughout their service year.

He charged them to maintain a high level of discipline and translate the training imparted on them into impactful service as they assumed various roles in their Places of Primary Assignment (PPA).

Recounting his own experience as a Youth Corps member in Osun State, in 1995, Ahmed urged them to make friends and respect the culture of their host communities.

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The NYSC boss further urged corps members to relate well with the people in their host community to have a memorable and rewarding service year.

He said that NYSC scheme had zero tolerance for extortion and promised that security and welfare of Corps members would be his topmost priority.

The Oyo State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Odoba Abel, in his welcome remark, gave a report of the ongoing 2023 Batch A Stream 1 Orientation Course.

Abel paid tribute to the participating Corps members and the NYSC staff working with him who made the exercise successful.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visit of the new D-G, who assumed duty on Jan. 22, was his first to the South-West.

He was accompanied by senior officials of the scheme from the Directorate Headquarters.