Six wks after LG election, OYSIEC yet to pay adhoc staff

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Six wks after LG election, OYSIEC yet to pay adhoc staff




Supervisors, presiding officers and assistant presiding officers recruited on adhoc basis for the April 27 local government election in Oyo state are writhing in expectation over non-payment of their dues six weeks after conclusion of the crucial assignment.


Some of them who spoke with Thursday expressed dismay at the “maltreatment,” saying it is an unbecoming act.


“This is the sixth week and we are yet to be paid out entitlement,” one of them who however pleaded anonymity said.


“We slept over at their offices under extreme conditions, many had to walk in the dead of the night to meet up, and made other sacrifices to make sure the election went well. But no payment until now. It is bad.”


Another adhoc staffer who gave his name simply as Adekunle lamented, “The election is over, winners had emerged, winners have been sworn-in and have taken over at councils but see us who facilitated the process, we are still languishing without being paid, six weeks after. Isn’t it lamentable?”


Findings revealed that in the past at most two weeks, the adhoc staff would have been paid thus the victims are speculating that they might have been “scammed.”


“Attention Governor Seyi Makinde, your men have refused to pay us our due though we worked under stringent conditions to ensure success of the exercise. It is six weeks already, help us compel those in charge to do the needful,” another victim stated in a sms message.

Advertisement contacted the head of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) in Ogbomoso North local government, Mr. Tunde Adewuyi, but he allayed the fear that the fund meant for the payment had been misappropriated.


Adewuyi disclosed their remuneration  would be paid, “on our part we had submitted all the requirements, their account numbers are intact, they will soon be paid,” he assured.

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