Lecturers storm INEC over unpaid allowances

Academic staff in the University of Calabar (UNICAL) that served as returning officers in the May 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections Thursday, stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Calabar to protest the non-payment of their allowances.

They threatened to boycott Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

One of the protesting lecturers told journalists that they embarked on the action to protest the ill-treatment meted out on them by the commission.

He disclosed that what they have been receiving in previous elections was higher than what the commission offered them in this year’s elections, though he declined to disclose the figure.

According to him, ‘they (INEC) slashed our honorarium without explanations, and could not even pay what they claim they were going to pay us.’

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Sylvester Ezeani condemned the protests by the lecturers describing their action as ‘unfortunate.’

He said such action was expected of students and not academic staff, adding that efforts will be made to pay them.

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