INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, has urged the staff of the commission to always acquire more knowledge to upgrade their academic qualifications.
The REC made the plea on Thursday in Shao, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara, while addressing selected INEC staff at a capacity building programme.
He said training and retraining are very crucial to staff development, urging participants to actively participate in the programme.
“Whatever job you are doing in life, you need knowledge and education to excel, so pay special attention to the facilitators,” he said.
Attahiru-Madami also said the commission in Kwara would soon come up with a magazine to tell the success story of the 2019 general elections in the state.
He said part of the money realised from the launching of the magazine would be set aside as loan for staff wishing to go for further studies through part time programmes.
“I will like to see many of you going back to school for your Degrees, Masters and even PhDs,” the REC added.
Attahiru-Madami said the commission in Kwara would soon come up with a magazine to tell the success story of the 2019 general elections in the state.
He said part of the money realised from the launching of the magazine would be set aside as loan for staff wishing to embark on further studies through part time programmes.
“I will like to see many of you going back to school for your first degrees, Masters and even PhDs,” he said.
He pledged that he would equip INEC offices in the local governments with computers, internet facilities and cable television to keep staff abreast of happenings around the world and to widen their horizon.
Attahiru-Madami also said that the aim of the training was to perfect the electoral process so that INEC staff would be able to produce hitch-free elections.
“The training will also enable us to correct the lapses discovered during the last election so as to enable members of staff conduct elections with less flaws,” he said.
According to him, the training, which is being held in all the 36 states and Abuja, is in line with INEC’s objective of training and retraining its staff to build their capacity.
“The Electoral Training Study Cycle (ETSC) was introduced by The Electoral Institute and it was aimed at training all INEC staff on electoral processes,” he said.
The topics for discussion at the four-day training include “Legal Framework of Election Administration” as well as “Electoral System Design and Election Management Bodies.”
Others are “Election Cycle”, “Election Stakeholders” and “Election and Governance.”