2019 General Elections: INEC presents N1.9 million cheque to deceased corps member’s family
The family of late Kemisola Adeniran, a corps member who died in Oyo State during the 2019 general election process have received a check of N1.9 million from the independent national Electoral Commission (INEC).
The sister of the late corps member, Folasade Adeyemi, who is the next of kin, received the cheque on behalf of the family at the INEC office in Ibadan.
Until her death, the late Ms Adeniran was serving in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State. She died in February in a road accident while returning home from INEC training.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mutiu Agboke, said that the commission had acted in line with its life insurance policy for election officials, including adhoc personnel before and during elections.
“On behalf of the commission and entire INEC staff in Oyo State, I wish to express my profound deep regret for the loss of our illustrious daughter/corps member.
“We also express the sincere condolence of the commission to the family over this irreparable loss.
“Though, the commission’s insurance policy makes provision for both permanent and adhoc staff, nothing can be counted worthy for the life lost.
“This presentation of token is just to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss to the deceased family,” he said.
The REC appreciated the invaluable services rendered by corps members, saying that INEC would continue to honour its part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NYSC.
He enjoined all stakeholders, particularly the media and security agencies, to collaborate with INEC to establish violence free electioneering process.
Agboke called on politicians to eschew both electoral and political violence, urging them and supporters to desist from fake news as well as hate speeches.
According to him, “we should all learn the culture of doing things right. I am passionate about this because we are losing our staff. Why will anyone be happy at the death of others.
“The media should partner with Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC). Electioneering is not during election alone. Let there be collective solution to these problem to have a better society.”
Eniola Ambekemo, the State Coordinator, NYSC, commended INEC for fulfilling its agreement on the corps members in terms of insurance.
She described deceased’s death as very unfortunate, saying she would have passed out of service with her colleagues in October.
Ambekemo also thanked God that no corps members died in the recently conducted election in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Folasade Adeyemi, the deceased’s sister appreciated INEC and NYSC for standing by the family.
“God says we should give thanks in all situations and circumstances. Though, it is hard to bear, but we have to accept it as the will of God,” she said.