NYSC corps members prevent voting in Lagos over unpaid allowance

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Voting in Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos may not commence until 1pm as ad hoc workers insisted their feeding allowance must be paid before they go to the field.

Those who spoke with The Nation said INEC has not paid the feeding allowance for the last Presidential and National Assembly election.

“We have resolved that both the last election and today`s allowances be paid before we go to our polling units.

“Our colleagues in other areas have been paid. We are to collect N10, 000,” said one of the workers.

INEC, he said, through the RAC and SPO offered to pay N5, 000 to the workers and pay the remaining after the election.

According to him, the workers did not agree to such arrangement.

The Nation learnt that a top politician waded into the matter.

“I was told the politician gave INEC money to offset the remaining N5, 000.

‘’As soon as we collect our money, we will move with the materials as you can see they are already in the bus,” he said.

Another ad hoc worker said the money were being paid into wrong hands.

“They said we should go to our polling units that our SPO will go round to disburse the money, but some of us don`t know the SPO that received our money.

‘’Our SPO said the money was paid to a wrong person. Can you imagine? We would rather wait here to collect our money,” she said.

Meanwhile, voters are returning to their homes after waiting for over three hours at the polling units.

Mrs. Lola Adetunji said she left home as early as 8am to vote.

“I was disappointed that INEC officials have not turned up. This is 11:45am. I can wait any longer. I have other things to do with my precious time,” she said.

Segun OIabode chided INEC for the shoddy preparation.

He wondered how INEC would deny the ad hoc workers their rights after completing the first exercise.

“Whoever is responsible for the non-payment of their money should be arrested immediately. This is sabotage.

‘’How can you deny the whole LCDA their right to commence voting like other areas because of your stupid selfish interest?

‘’That person is a criminal and must be treated as such. If other areas` ad hoc workers have been paid, why are the workers here yet to receive theirs?”

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