The European Union Delegation in Nigeria has donated some of the equipment used by the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to select members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who participated as INEC ad-hoc staff during the election process. The lucky 75 corps members were selected as recipients, following a public announcement on March 27th, 2019. Each Member, who has been carefully selected by a panel of the NYSC and the EU Delegation in Abuja, received a kit with a laptop and a phone. It is hoped that this equipment will help these young, extraordinary Nigerians to establish successful future careers.
Nigerian youth played an indispensable role during the general elections in February and March 2019. Members of the NYSC made up the majority of the more than one million ad-hoc staff who worked on Election Day, serving during both the presidential and state level elections.
At the event attended by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, paid tribute to pay tribute to the vital role played by the Corps Members in the election. According to him, it was in recognition of this vital role that the EU Delegation decided to donate the equipment of the EU EOM the Corp Members, who served during the elections
EU Observers witnessed the deep commitment, determination and professionalism of thousands of Youth Corps members, who were deployed across the country, including in some of the locations affected by unrest and violence. Youth Corps, in cooperation with INEC staff, constituted the backbone of the electoral process, without whom, the conduct of the elections would quite simply not have been possible. The passionate efforts of Nigerian Youth Corps Members – often working under very challenging circumstances – were truly inspirational..
We would like to take this opportunity to express our profound sadness over the demise of Youth Corps member, Okanlawon Olalekan Ibrahim, who died in a tragic accident on election duty on Saturday, March 9.
Furthermore, additional equipment from the EU EOM will be donated to the Nigerian Red Cross and the Durumi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Abuja. The ability for IDPs to vote is critical for ensuring an inclusive election process, and with the donation of equipment – including medical kits and communication equipment – the EU wishes to praise the efforts of these two organisations in making that possible for thousands of IDPs.