The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff across the 21local government areas of the state, who were engaged in the last governorship election in Kogi State, on Monday, staged a protest in Lokoja, the state capital, to press the management to pay them their dues.
The protesters, who marched through the major streets in Lokoja, expressed their displeasure with INEC’s management for its refusal to pay their entitlement, since the conclusion of the November 21, 2015 governorship election.
They were particularly asking for the payment of their N17, 500 being the allowance for their participation in the governorship election exercise.
The Chairman of the group, Mr. Yusuf Bello and Secretary, John Okpanachi, told journalists that they had to take to the streets to press for the payment, after all entreaties had failed.
“We were recruited for the Novenber 21, 2015 governorship election and were promised to be paid N17, 500, but, unfortunately, after the election the management did not pay us as agreed.
“We have written to INEC headquarters in Abuja without a favourable reply. We have sent our appeal to notable Nigerians to help us in this regard but to no avail.
“In fact the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Halilu Pai, has been avoiding us. There was a day he asked us to supply our bank account numbers which we did. Up till now, which is almost two whole months, after the exercise, Pai has refused to pay us.
“We were told that INEC headquarters had released the money but Pai decided to punish us because we are no body,” they said
According to the protesters, Pai was in the habit of not paying the ad hoc staff whenever they were recruited for an assignment, lamenting that the same Pai would not hesitate to pay the returning officers. All efforts to get Pai’s reaction failed.