Some retired Directors of the Independent National Electoral Commission have called for the development of an institutional knowledge repository in the commission to preserve the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by the retiring staff.
According to a statement posted on the official X handle of INEC on Sunday, the retired directors spoke through the immediate past Director of Planning and Monitoring Directorate, Chima Duruaku, at a send-off ceremony organised in their honour by the commission in Abuja on Saturday.
The statement read, “The retired directors maintained that for an institution such as the INEC, preservation, and sharing of knowledge holders experience holds enormous potential and a great opportunity as the first line of recourse for information to drive policy and strategy of the commission.
“They therefore opined that knowledge-holders should not be allowed to go without harnessing their experiences into the repository.”
The statement further read that while delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues to appreciate the commission for recognising their immense contribution to the commission and nation building, Duruaku observed that the INEC is losing many of its knowledge-holders due to retirement from time to time.
It read, “He maintained that the true knowledge-holders in election administration reside in the commission and those who have developed solutions to the problems associated with election administration over the years were home grown.
“The director recommended that to build an institutional knowledge repository, a platform should be created for knowledge-holders to empty themselves where questions can be asked as to how and why they developed some ideas and initiatives at least six months before retirement.”
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, represented by INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Sani Adams, congratulated the retired members of staff for the successful completion of their services to the commission and to the country.
He advised them to see their retirement period as another open opportunity for the future.