A Nigerian Youth Corp member served in Rivers State during the February 23rd and March 9th elections, has cried out over completion of their payment by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Corp member who wished to remain anonymous told this platform that INEC is yet to pay in full complete payment to the Youth Corpers used as the commission’s Ad-hoc staffs during the election in Rivers.
According to our source who was posted in Koroma Tai LGA in Rivers State, during the election, they were being maltreated. He said: “Corpers in Tai LGA only received N17,000 (Seventeen thousand Naira) in parts, while other local govt Corper’s received 21,500 full”.
According to him, “After participating in the 2019 election, INEC are yet to complete our payment for the exercise where as others states serving corps members have been paid.
“They even paid us here in Tai 17k in parts only while other local govt Corper’s received 21,500 full.
“We have been complaining since the day of the governorship election about the non-uniformity of the payment, whereby some local government in rivers state received #21,500 while we here in Tai local government Sakpenwa received only #13,000 and many others were not paid at all.
“We even stage a peaceful protest in our rack center during the governorship election, were they promise to pay us the remaining balance of #8,500 the week after the election but instead they paid us #4,000 only on the 25th March 2019 while many others did not received a dime.
“Right now we don’t even know if they will pay the remaining balance of #17,500.
“Speaking with a reliable source who would not want his name to be mentioned told us that he single-handedly fought for 2015 INEC Corper’s allowance, especially of the one Tai local government Sakpenwa.
“He even stated that there is always an element that will want to divert the allowances for greediness sake. And told us not to relent in our struggles to make sure we collect all our allowances.
“We wanted to stage a peaceful protest to NYSC secretarial Port-Harcourt today but decided to used this medium to air our ill-treatment after suffering all manners electoral violence.