The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has trained 1,063 corps members on voter education and gender-based violence in Imo, Osun states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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The NYSC noted on Monday in Abuja that the training was conducted in partnership with the European Union’s Westminster Foundation for Democracy, was conducted for  corps members in Abuja, Imo and Osun States.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, who received the European Union’s WFD delegation led by the Country Representative, Adebowale Olorunmola, said corps members would always ensure the strengthening of democratic principles.

Ibrahim said, “There is a need to harness the potential of our corps members and bring in stakeholders to carry this out. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission has always said that collaborating with the NYSC has deepened the democratic process in this country.

“By training corps members on voter education, the WFD has strengthened our democracy and we do not go to sleep because elections have taken place. This year, we shall be involved in the Edo State election.

“I urge corps members not to follow the crowd, but to stand with the champions to effect the needed changes in our country.”

The Representative of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Adebowale Olorunmola, said that having undergone the training, corps members would promote civic education, voter education and add value to the election process in the country.

“Nigeria has over 60 per cent population of young men and also over 50 Per cent population of women. During the last elections, despite the fact that the electoral commission registered about 80 million Nigerians, only a little above 20 million participated during the elections.

“The implementation of the WFD project is being carried out in Osun and Imo States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. We have also identified one of the corps members who distinguished himself for an award,” Olorunmola said.

 

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