Lottery Commission sanctions two administrators, as staff union closes offices in protest
The National Lottery Regulatory Commission sanctioned two of its directors for what it called “serious misconduct”.
While one of them, Mr. Robert Bolokor, was dismissed from his post, the other, Mr. Okechukwu Odunna, was suspended.
Odunna will remain in suspension pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Independent Commission into corrupt practices and other related offenses.
The two officials are said to be at salary level 17.
While Bolokor was in the Department of Human Resources Management, Odunna is in the Department of Control and Enforcement.
Our correspondent found that the sanctions were part of the decisions taken at a meeting of the board of directors of the commission held on September 13.
The decision was allegedly based on the recommendations of a committee set up by the Office of the Head of the Public Service of the Federation on certain allegations made against the two officials.
PUNCH has learned that the commission has communicated the decisions to the officials concerned.
As the situation evolved, it was further noted that staff union members who were uncomfortable with the decisions made a picket line at the commission office in Abuja on Tuesday.
The commission’s communications chief, Magnus Ekechukwu, confirmed this development in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Tuesday.
He said, “Your information is correct. Mr. Bolokor was fired while Mr. Odunna was suspended. There have been petitions against them regarding the procedure for their entry.
“The sanctions were based on the recommendation of the committee set up by the office of the head of the public service of the Federation who investigated them. The sanctions were in accordance with the Civil Service Regulations.
Ekechukwu also confirmed the workers’ protest at the commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, calling it unjustified. He accused the arrowheads of the protest of being sympathetic to the sanctioned officials.
“Staff union members closed our office today. Operations could not continue there. I’m just leaving the place now. The picketing was carried out by sympathizers of the officials concerned, ”he added.
He added, however, that the commission’s leadership would reach out to the workers for a “friendly settlement”.