INEC shake-up unsettles workers
A Major reorganisation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unsettled its workers.
The shake-up, it was learnt, followed the recommendations of PriceWaterCooper, the consultancy firm hired by INEC.
In its report, the firm observed among other things that the Commission has bloated workforce.
The restructuring, which might not be unconnected with the 2015 general elections, has so far seen the redeployment, transfer and retirement of some of the 67 directors.
It was learnt that the shake-up has reduced INEC’s departments to nine from 26 and its directorates trimmed to 10.
Besides, directors who have less than two years left in service were asked to consider the voluntary retirement option.
Confirming the development, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, said that by reducing the departments, the commission now has fewer departments to be headed by efficient hands.
According to Mr Idowu, the merged departments include: the civil society; gender; voter education; and public affairs. He said they were rolled into the department of voter education, public relations and civil society.
He also spoke of a plan to reconfigure the departments’ leadership because the commission has many directors in the system, pointing out that a lot of options are on the table for them.
Mr. Idowu also said the new departments would be headed by directors with directorates under them.
He said the commission can no longer retain all the directors presently on its payroll, even as he assured that no officer would be shortchanged in the ongoing reorganisation.
The reduction in workforce notwithstanding, Idowu argued the commission required strong workforce due to its scope of work across the country.
Justifying the need for more hands, he informed that the continuous voters’ registration in the country’s 8,809 wards will soon begin.
Argu that the commission’s workforce was inadequate, Idowu said: “If you are looking at the number of wards, everybody at INEC will be fully utilised.”
He said when the commission did the recruitment exercise in 2012, only 1,500 people were recruited, explaining that nd to do the exercise there was need to deploy more workforces across the country.