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Officers hired to implement the national registration exercise have given authorities seven days to revise their salaries which they have described as too low to cater for basic needs.

The letter which The Daily Times has seen, seeks attention from the National Assembly, National Registration Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, United Nations Development Programme, Price Water Coopers, Irish Aid and UK Aid.

According to the letter, the supervisors and the officers gross K150,000 and K120,000, respectively.

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The letter, signed by representatives of temporary employees, says the money is not enough to cater for accommodation and transport expenses.

“We are hardworking, patriotic and devoted temporary employees and we honestly find it disappointing that our dedication and patriotism is [sic] not awarded for such an important national exercise,” reads the letter in part.

The letter says authorities should, however, consider the request with haste or the officers and supervisors will down their tools.

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“…consider a reasonable and a realistic salary review at earliest possible chance for the job to be effective and efficient, otherwise we are ready to put tools down..,” reads the letter.

However, National Registration Bureau spokesperson, Norman Fulatira, has said discussions on the issue have already commenced.

“All stakeholders concerned in this project have already started discussing the matter and the discussions started way before this petition,” he said.

The mass registration project has been marred by anomalies, ranging from withdrawal of labour to faulty equipment.

Fulatira downplayed the impact of the anomalies so far.

“As of last week, the figure of withdraws was at 17 but we have quickly managed to make replacements of those,” he said.

Over 1.1 million people have been registered in the first phase ending July 16, 2017.

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