No fewer than 326 staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to take part in its promotion exercise carried out between August and November this year, fuelling the insinuations that they may have absconded.
The staff were said to have failed to appear before the committee on promotion without any excuse.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement in Abuja that the commission has, however, approved the promotion of over 7,000 members of staff across all cadres.
“However, some 326 individuals, constituting 6.1 percent failed or absconded from the examination, while 92 persons on interdiction, representing 1.7 percent, could not write the test,” said Oyekanmi. According to him, INEC approved the promotion of 4,917 senior officers who were successful in the promotion exercise conducted at the commission’s headquarters and state offices.
“This represents 92.1 percent of a total of 5,335 staff (Grade Level 07-15) that were eligible to undertake the exercise,” he said.
Oyekanmi added that the successful officers had secured the mandatory pass mark, 60, paving the way for their elevation.
The commission, he said, also endorsed the promotion of 2,413 eligible junior staff on Grade Level 03–06.
“The commission considers regular promotion of staff as one of the surest ways of boosting staff morale and welfare, in order to encourage their dedication, loyalty and improve productivity.
“It is also designed to motivate them to contribute positively to the commission’s set goals and objectives.
“National Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo, is the Chairman, Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee APDC,” he stated.