BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI — The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)National Commissioner in charge of South West, Prof. Lai Olorode has advocated a special salary scale for the staff of the Commission.
The INEC boss disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday during a programme organised by the Commission, noting that the Commission was asking for the special enumeration to its staff because of the nature of their job.
According to him, approving special pay for the Commission’s staff would prevent a situation in which politicians would lure the staff to do some funny things.
“The Commission is working to make sure that the staff begin to enjoy special salary scale.
“What the Commission is doing is a special assignment and we know that the workers are open to great temptations especially from politicians.
.”The work is very risky and the Commission’s workers who do their work as expected at times risk being killed. We hope that this would be granted before the 2015 election.
“ We have started engaging the relevant authorities to make sure that the this is done.
According to him, the Commission was doing everything to make sure that its workers were happy in order to get the best from them.
Also, the INEC boss disclosed that about 800,000 persons applied for 1,500 jobs which INEC recently advertised.
Olorode disclosed that the management of the electoral body had decided that none of the children of the National Commissioners of the INEC would be employed in this recruitment exercise.
He said the management took the drastic decision to ensure that children of commissioners were not given undue advantages over other Nigerians who are not so privileged
.”No matter how brilliant their children may be, they will not be employed in this recruitment. We are advocating against corruption and we want charity to start at home.
But there would be other opportunities when their children who are qualified could be employed.