Corps Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Enugu State have accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials of diverting their N2.6 million election duty allowance.
According to the corps members, the INEC officials had been delaying payment of the allowance, four months after the gubernatorial elections in the state with no reasonable excuses.
Speaking to pressmen, the corps members said they have been forced by the rules and regulations of NYSC to keep silent on the matter, as doing otherwisw might lead to sanctions which include the seizure of certificates or extension of service year.
They said the money comprises N13,000 for about 200 corps members and were suppose to receive a total of N30,300 but received only N17,500.
“My heart and that of other corps members are embitterd because we suffered for that election, starting from transporting ourselves to the training venue and sleeping at INEC office while the election was cancelled under the cold weather, yet someone still has the mind to keep our pay.
“We have written and submitted our bank details countless times, yet no payment, while others in other states were getting theirs,” A Corps Liaison Officer stated.
The Local Government Inspector (LGI), who confirmed the issue, said it had become worrisome that none of the corps members in the council had received the second tranche of the election duty allowance.