My Greatest Regret As INEC Chairman – Attahiru Jega


Outgoing Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has revealed that his biggest regret was his inability to create a separate salary structure for INEC workers.

Jega said further that the staff of the commission were subjected to difficult circumstances during the 2015 elections.

The Chairman made the disclosure on Monday, June 15, 2015, while speaking at a retreat itled, “2015 general elections: Lessons and the way forward” in Abuja.

Jega said:

“We have done our best as a commission under very difficult circumstances and the major regret as I have always acknowledged is that a major undertaking we made when we first resumed at the commission is to have a separate salary structure for the members of staff of the commission but we have not been able to achieve this.”

“And obviously this is one area where we still have to do a lot of work and put in a lot of efforts as we move towards the future and to improve. But apart from that, I don’t think we have done badly in terms of promoting the welfare and the wellbeing of the members of staff.”

 “Again as I said, we could not have satisfied the expectations of everybody, we believe that we have done our best. I must say that not all of you are happy with some of the measures that we have introduced as a commission.”

Jega is expected to leave office on June 30 and has said that he has no interest in a tenure elongation.

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