Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Hundreds of INEC Ad-Hoc Staff Protests Non-Payment of Emoluments

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Hundreds of adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday besieged the Bauchi South Local Government Area office of the commission protesting the delay in payment of their allowances.
The protesters, marching from Wunti area, were on the verge of barricading the ever-busy Ahmadu Bello way, before a detachment of policemen arrived the scene to restore normalcy.

The adhoc staff, consisting mainly of presiding officers duirng the presidential and governorship elections shouted slogans such as; “Pay us our money, it is long overdue”; “No payment for presidential, governorship and House of Assembly elections in Bauchi State,” “We have been used and dumped,”  “Our colleagues in other states have been paid.”
The spokesperson of the protesters, Abubakar Mohammed, told newsmen that  the commission has done nothing to address the situation.
He wondered why other ad-hoc staff of the commission in other states were paid N15,000-N20,000 each for logistics for camping, feeding and transportation the commission is yet to pay in Bauchi State.
He said: “The process is fraudulent because some of our colleagues in the state were paid, but the presiding officers of the election have not been paid. The sad thing is that nobody is talking of how we would be paid again”
In a swift reaction to the development, The state INEC Public Relation Officer, Aliyu Abubakar, said the commission had concluded arrangements to pay the adhoc staff, adding that most of presiding officers during the election replaced Corp members who declined to do the job.
Aliyu said: “Initially we recruited Corp members as presiding officers, but many of them did not show up for the job, so we have already paid the allowances to NYSC. I am assuring that the commission will attend to the matter and they will all be paid”



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