By Ayo Kehinde
Some Youth Corpers who are said to have threatened to down tools over non-payment of N13,000 allowances still outstanding since their participation as adhoc staff in the conduct of the presidential and national assembly election on February 29 have been assured that their grievances would be sorted out immediately.
Some of the recruited corpers who are categorized as ad hoc staff by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the polls are said to have refused to work in place like Idimagoro, Aja, Anthony, Ikosi in Ketu and Badore areas of Lagos state during the governorship and Houses of AQssmbly elections.
Some of the adhoc officials told Channels TV Seun Okinbaloye in Ogudu, GRA of Lagos state that they do no even what amount they are to be paid and “they were not even told what they would be paid when they asked for information during their orientation”
Reacting to the development, INEC National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye admitted seeing the reports in the Commission’s website before speaking to Channels TV on the matter but appealed to the management of the National Youths Service Commission, NYSC, to explain the modalities of payment to the Corpers.
“This has nothing to do with INEC. The money is domiciled in the Central Bank and the Management of NYSC should explain to then Corpers to do their work after which their grievances would be sorted out,” he said.
“We are going to what is due to all ad hoc staff participating in this election. So the allowance due staff, be it supervising officers, collation officer and ad-hoc, must be paid, no doubt about that, more so as they have deposited their accounts numbers with the bank. What we are only obligated to pay immediately is transport allowances. So payment due all of them would be paid into their account.”
He debunked the rumour that fake ballot papers were in circulation. According to him, that account is not possible given the fact that all sensitive materials were deposited in the Central Banks branches in all states of the federation under the watch of the police, INEC officials and those of political parties and when the material are to be moved to the respective areas for polling, the same officials participate.
He said the, “Party officials area allowed to take serials numbers of the materials before they are dispatched from the CBN. Before they are opened and used, the party officials are also part of the process. Even the colour coding of the materials are different from one state to the other and local governments within the states. In all cases, it is only the INEC Chairman that has complete information about the colour coding. “