The Gombe State Students’ Association (GOSSA) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide adequate security to students engaged by the commission as ad-hoc staff during the forthcoming elections.
In a statement issued in Gombe yesterday, Comrade Muhammad Inuwa Saleh, who is the National President of GOSSA, said the call became necessary because in 2015 many students were injured and had their belongings destroyed while serving as ad-hoc staff during the elections.
“Our members constitute about 75 per cent of ad-hoc staff used during the 2015 elections and have incurred losses and sustained injuries, therefore we called on the INEC to provide adequate security in the forthcoming elections to avoid the repeat of the unfortunate incident of 2015,” he said.
Comrade Saleh advised the students to be focused and truthful in the discharge of their duties as electoral officials, adding that they should be good ambassadors of the association and not betray the trust put in them.
He called on other students to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote credible candidates that will work and improve the lives of students and youths.
The GOSSA president also appealed to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo to pay the students their outstanding scholarship, which he said was approved since August 2018.
He appealed to the students to exercise more patience over the delay in the payment of the scholarship.