Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), recently had a chance to evaluate his tenure as the head of the electoral body and said that his only regret was his inability to create a separate salary structure for INEC workers, Punch reports!
The statement was made while Jega was speaking in Abuja during a retreat titled, “2015 general elections: Lessons and the way forward,” which was organised for the electoral officers of the commission where the report of the 2015 elections was reviewed.
He said apart from the special salary issue, the commission under his leadership performed well, although he regrets undertaking to create a special salary structure for the commission’s staff when he resumed office, and up till now, he has been unable to accomplish his desires.
“We have done our best as a commission under very difficult circumstances and the major regret as I have always acknowledged is that a major undertaking we made when we first resumed at the commission is to have a separate salary structure for the members of staff of the commission but we have not been able to achieve this
“And obviously this is one area where we still have to do a lot of work and put in a lot of efforts as we move towards the future and to improve.
“But apart from that, I don’t think we have done badly in terms of promoting the welfare and the wellbeing of the members of staff.
“We have ensured that salaries were paid regularly, we have ensured that there are a lot of opportunities for self improvement through the organisation of seminar and workshop with our partners.”