MINISTER of Labour, Chris Nwabueze Ngige has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continuously re-train its staff, saying that most of the hitches encountered at the just concluded election was because some staff were not able to operate the equipment like the card readers; blaming it on lack of continuous re-training of staff and late preparation of Ad-hoc staff.
Dr Ngige made this known during the collation of results of the presidential, senatorial and house of representatives elections at the headquarters of INEC in Awka, Anambra State.
The minister who is the party agent of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in an interview with journalist said, “I like to be fair when talking about INEC. A lot of the problems faced by INEC are coming from the Ad-hoc staff that was used.
This is happening because they are not loyal and accountable. Government has made efforts to solve this problem through suggesting that federal civil servants and lecturers from federal universities be included and used because there identities are known and will be punished if they misbehave.
Due to lack of staff, INEC uses corps members as alternative and has even gone to the extend of using final year students and use federal civil servants for supervising officers.
“I am urging them to cultivate the habit of early preparation so as to train ad-hoc staff properly and also orgernise continuous training for its permanent staff.”
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