The police in Delta State on Saturday confirmed the death of an ad hoc staff of Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) deployed to Onicha-Ugbo, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.
Residents in Delta State on Saturday took to the polls to elect who will govern their affairs at the third tier of government. The local government election which initially started peacefully however turned violent following reported attack on the Ughelli office of the State’s Independent Electoral Commission where at least three persons were injured.
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The state police public relations officer, Andree Aniamaka, confirmed to Channels Television that the ad-hoc staff slumped and died shortly after delivering the voting materials in a voting centre at Onicha-Ugbo area of the state.
The identity of the deceased staff is however still unknown.
Reports also have it that elections went on smoothly in Aniocha North Local government, with an impressive turn out of voters in areas covered, and largely peaceful.
The police spokesperson also confirmed that fire incident in Ughelli North, adding that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says salaries owed local government workers is attributed to their unique salary structure and large number of staff.
According to Governor Okowa, it is only in Delta State that some local government councils have the same salary structure with the state and federal government.
Expressing sympathy, he explained that staff of the third tier of government were suffering in the state as a result of salary arrears and noted that apart from the salary structure, some local government councils have more than 700 persons as their staff strength.
He was speaking at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state during an electoral victory celebration and empowerment programme of the member representing the area in the Delta State House of Assembly.
Giving assurance that his administration would not encourage the sack of workers because of recession ravaging the country, Governor Okowa disclosed that the councils have adopted an approach where only verified staff and “those who come to work” are paid.
He also used the occasion to reiterate his administration’s commitment to equitable distribution of projects in the state, asserting, “We are doing a lot across the state and Deltans in Central, South and North know that I am not discriminating.
“Despite the tough time, we are doing a lot because God has given us the wisdom to utilize what we have to the benefits of our people. I am confident that our revenue will improve in 2017 and we will increase the tempo of what we are doing in the state,” the Governor said.
The Senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi; Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, among others who spoke at the occasion commended the ingenuity of Governor Okowa and acknowledged his effective management of the resources of the state to the benefits of the people.