Some members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who performed their duties as ad-hoc staff at the just concluded elections are yet to be paid.
Investigation carried out by our reporters, on the welfare of ad-hoc staff who worked during the elections, reveals that some of the corps members, after performing their duties and providing the necessary details needed for payment, are yet to receive payments, two weeks after the last election.
It was gathered that some of the corps members have only received training and presidential election allowance but are yet to receive allowances for the governorship election. Several others are yet to receive any payment at all.
“I can’t just imagine after attending training, sleeping under bad condition at the RAC and working at both elections, and I am yet to receive a dime from anyone,” a corps member who worked at Ikosi/Ketu in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State said.
Another corps member who worked at Ojuwoye Ward 4, of Mushin Local Government Area of the state also lamented, “I submitted my account number up to 10 times. I submitted four times in Ikeja, twice in Mushin and thrice at my RAC. And I still haven’t received anything since the first election. What sort of system is this?
“I worked at Alimosho ward 5 and I submitted all the necessary details, and I have not been paid, and since that time, we have been complaining to our LGIs, but nothing has been done about it.”
It was also gathered that some of the corps members who have gotten all the payment are yet to receive the N4, 000 feeding and transportation allowance for the February 16th botched election as promised by the Lagos State NYSC coordinator.
“The state coordinator sent a circular to us like a week after the presidential election telling us that we would be paid the N4, 000 for the botched election but no one in Lagos has received the money.”
It was later confirmed that the state coordinator released a statement through the Local Government Inspectors of different local governments that all corps members will receive “N4, 000 for transport and feeding for the botched 16th February election” and this payment was promised to be added to the governorship election allowance which some have received but without the inclusion of the promised N4, 000.
One of the corps members at Ikeja Local Government, however, disclosed to us the reason for the delay in payment as explained by their LGI. “Our LGI told us that some corps members received double of their INEC allowance, which has made the money insufficient, so they are trying to sort out that problem, we have also been asked to come with our statement of account to prove we haven’t received anything.”
Efforts to get any comment from the LGI and the state coordinator proved futile. However, a group of corps members have started a twitter campaign with the hashtag #inecpayusourmoney to demand for the payment of their election allowances.