My experience as an INEC Adhoc staff earlier last year 2019-Last night, I was reading a piece. Its about “expectations in life”. At a point I stopped and curled back to my experience as an INEC Adhoc staff earlier this year.
Let me tell you a little story. It might be long sha…lol
Prior to the registration processes to work with INEC body at the general election, I’ve already built my expectations. The amount of money I’ll engulf from the exercise will be massive. So I was told and it triggered excitement in me.
Of course, what would have made me to leave Asaba, my home of bliss and come down to Owerri when FUTO is not session? Expectation!! How to Loose Weight and Big Tummy Remedy
I was still doing my internship pending the time the strike will be called off, but I was duely permitted to travel. I left Asaba and came down to Owerri to undertake the 3 days compulsory INEC training, which raked close to a six thousand naira off my pocket. Feeding and transport fare from Ihiagwa to Njaba for three days. Chaii!!!
I did complain, but I was comforted by the hope of the training allowance promised to be paid to all participants at the last day of the training. So I heard and I believed. My hope leaped like that of an expectant mother. This must be a gainful biz perhaps. Mental Health
On the last day of the training, there was no payment of any kind. In fact nobody mentioned it, instead it turned into the normal OYO (On Your Own) culture in our society. People were submitting their names privately to different facilitators, some were collecting numbers and booking meeting sections. Hia, Me, I was lost ooh, absolutely lost. What nonsense! But we’ve been tested for like three times, written and oral. We even acted the role ooh like Nollywood people, hehehhe. Aren’t we gonna be shortlisted based on our performances? Lol. That’s story for the gods.
I wasn’t an alien to this system, being a Nigerian student I should know better, but I held INEC body at a very high esteem. And that was my only disappointment.
Well, I paid nothing to anyone and I did not submit my name privately to any facilitator. I did not pray even because I don’t believe God will hear such prayer coming from such a rotten system. Besides, what’s my interest self? Money. But also I want to carry out my work diligently and gain experience.
So I left it to fate.
To be continued….
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