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INEC Chairman Swears In New Akwa Ibom Commissioner

Deploys him to Bayelsa State Says: “Exercise supervisory control over personnel, resources”

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The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has sworn in a new Resident Electoral Commissioner From Akwa Ibom State, Elder Monday Udo Tom.

The event took place on Wednesday at the Commission’s headquarters at Abuja.

Speaking during the ceremony, Prof. Yakubu said charged him to “exercise supervisory control over personnel, resources”.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu swearing in new Resident Electoral Commissioner From Akwa Ibom State, Elder Monday Udo Tom, January 30, 2019

Read the full statement below:

“It is my pleasure to address you on the occasion of the swearing-in of a new REC whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate last week.

“The appointment of Elder Monday Udo Tom from Akwa Ibom State brings the total number of RECs nationwide to 36 out 37 States and the FCT.

“The Commission is awaiting the confirmation and appointment of the nominee for Osun State.

“The new REC who has just been sworn-in today holds a BSc. degree in Biological Science and a Master’s degree in Microbiology. He served as lecturer and civil servant in Akwa Ibom State

“Let me, therefore, congratulate Elder Monday Udo Tom on your appointment. As I told your colleagues on the occasion of their swearing-in as Resident Electoral Commissioners, you will also be responsible for the implementation of the Commission’s policies.

“In doing so, you will exercise supervisory control over personnel, resources as well the legal and administrative processes in the State to which you are posted. You will also interact with various categories of stakeholders.

“In doing so, you must maintain the required openness and consultation.

“At the same time, you must be very firm and courageous on the side of the law as well as our regulations and guidelines at all times as required of an unbiased umpire.

Furthermore, as a REC, you can be posted to any part of the country at any time as the exigencies of service require.

“For now, you will be posted to a State within your geo-political zone but you will never serve in you State of origin throughout your tenure.

“In line with this principle, you are hereby deployed to Bayelsa State.

“Your appointment is coming just 16 days to the 2019 General Elections.

“We have already implemented 10 out of the 14 activities in our timetable and schedule of activities.”

He also disclosed that “the final list of candidates for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections will be published in all our State offices nationwide and the Commission’s website, tomorrow Thursday 31st January 2019.”

Prof. Yakubu congratulated the new REC and wished him a successful career.

Earlier today, meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner Gombe State, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim discussed the level of preparedness for the Nigeria Elections with a delegation from the European Union.

The Observation Mission was led by Giedrius Drukteinis.

Alhaji Ibrahim declared open the two-day Election Security Personnel Training of Trainers for the  Elections holding at Maidugu Guest Palace, Gombe State.

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