The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that all allowances of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and ad-hoc workers who participated in the 2015 general elections have been paid.
Speaking during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, stated that it was possible for some of ad-hoc workers not to have received their money due to error in the bank account details submitted for the payment of such allowances.
He further said that for the corps members, their money was paid directly to the NYSC scheme even before the elections.
“This was acknowledged by the Director-General of the NYSC on the day INEC and officials of the directorate held a joint news briefing.
“The D-G actually stated that the monies for corps members have been paid to the scheme, for onward payment to the corps members as agreed.
“They were to be paid an initial sum before the election and the balance after the election. I am very sure that the directorate has done that.
“For the non-NYSC members, they were requested to submit their account details and they were also paid an initial amount and then the balance after the exercise. It is very likely that, this had been done,’’ Idowu said.
He, however, admitted that there were isolated reports that some ad-hoc workers had not been paid their allowances.
Mr Idowu said he had spoken with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of the affected states, including Lagos, on the matter, saying most of the outstanding cases were due to challenges associated with submitted account details.