Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Lagos State and other parts of the country, the Lagos State government has announced that adequate arrangements have been firmed up to massively mobilize residents for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to enable them fully participate in the elections.
Eyes Of Lagos gathered that, According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo, it is important for residents to utilize the opportunity of the ongoing continuous voters’ registration to obtain their PVCs.
He said aside the need for residents who recently attained voting age to register, it was also necessary for those who relocated to the state or from one part of the state to another to apply for transfer, and thereby have the opportunity of electing leaders of their choice in the next political dispensation.
According to him: “On the issue of PVC, we are trying our possible best to ensure that we achieve our aim. For instance, as a result of the development we are bringing to all parts of Lagos State, people are now relocating from one part of the State to the other and there is need to also sensitize people in such category to apply for transfer of their PVCs.
“We are all aware that the Governor recently commissioned 21 roads and two bridges in Alimosho and those who hitherto have undeveloped properties in the affected communities but living in Surulere and others areas are now developing their properties and moving back.
“As we speak, we are working to ensure that people in such category get the transfer of their PVCs as well as those who are yet to register to do so for them to participate in the election,” he said.
Olabinjo, who admitted that it was true that Lagos had the highest number of uncollected PVCs, however, expressed optimism in the fact that the ongoing advocacy by the State Government through his office would ensure a considerable reduction in the figure.
“We have been sensitizing residents in all our programmes that it is important for them to obtain their PVCs. We have all been saying that Governor Ambode is doing well and the only way to appreciate the Governor for the massive transformation of the State in all sectors and sections is for residents to get their PVCs to support him to continue the good works,” he said.