-Shuts Out Anambra, Cross River, Kaduna, Bauchi, Imo state
A new policy introduced by the leadership of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which bared some staff from participating in a promotion examination, is now rearing to tear the commission apart as those affected by the new policy spoil for show down.
The UNION understands that INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahomood Yakubu, had recently introduced a new policy which mandates staff that are qualified for promotion to the rank of directors, to write a qualifying examination, the result of which will determine their promotion.
This, The UNION gathered, is already causing rumpus at the Commission as the policy is being viewed as strategic plot by the leadership to scheme some states out of promotion.
Following the new policy, The UNION learnt that five states –Kaduna, Bauchi, Cross River, Anambra and Imo- were barred from the examination.
A source at the commission informed The UNION that its leadership decided to bar some states from the directors promotion examination on the ground that the states already have serving directors.
According to our source, the new policy as introduced by Prof. Yakubu, is to the effect that states which already have persons serving as directors at the commission will not be allowed to sit for the promotion examination, no matter how qualified, until those currently on the rank retire from service.
Though our source described the policy as “sad discriminatory policy”, she disclosed that the promotion examinations would hold within the next seven days across the country.
According to our source, “the new rule is strange because what it means is that unless the director from your state leaves service either by retirement or death or anything, you will not be promoted to director; you will stagnate and if you are lucky you will be promoted when he leaves and that means you have lost seniority or you may be retired at the lower rank for stagnation”.
Indeed, a list released by the Human Resources Department at INEC on the examinations, listed qualified staff from Anambra, Cross River, Imo, Kaduna and Bauchi states as not eligible to sit for the examination and have no chance of becoming directors until the incumbent directors from the states leave service.
The UNION also understands that critical criteria for promotion including seniority, competence and schedule of duty were ignored in the new rule, which was said to be recommended by a staff development committee headed by former acting chairperson of the Commission, Amina Zakari.
A check at the Federal Civil Service Commission in Abuja indicates that the new regime at INEC may be strange.
“I am hearing of that for the first time since I joined the Federal Civil Service”, a source at the FCSC in Abuja said on telephone.
He however promised to investigate further and get back to The UNION but could not do so as at press time.
However, Oluwole Osaze, who spoke with The UNION on telephone from INEC headquarters in Abuja, said there was nothing strange in writing promotion examinations. He said “it is a normal public service procedure”.
He also said he was not aware of any states being scheme out for the examinations but added that the promotion exercise is being carried out to fill vacancies where they exist.
According to him, the exercise aims at filling vacancies at the director’s cadre in states where they exist.
But our source at INEC said “what the present management of INEC has introduced by sidelining some qualified staff from even participating in the promotion exercise is taking the matter to a new height of discrimination which is strange in public service rule.
“The implication of the new rule on staff morale, especially the senior ones who will be expected to operate under some of their juniors at the end of the promotion exercise, will be left to be seen”, he added.