By Mike Adeyemi
Towards achieving even participation of the electorate in the forthcoming general election in Kwara State, the directorate of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has extended campaign for Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) to Kwara South.
Speaking during the programme held in Omupo on Tuesday, the chairman of NOA, Kwara State Directorate, Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi said the agency embarked on the campaign based on the low turn out of people for the PVC collection.
He said there was a need for members of the public to know the importance of having their PVC’s collected.
According to him, “We were in Omupo with about 23 community leaders in attendance. Our primary purpose is to get our people educated on the issue of this PVC.
“What we noticed is that out of 160,000 registered voters in Kwara; about 40,000 have collected their PVC so far. This figure fell short in proportion to the numbers of registered voters. The implication of this is that, a lot of people in Kwara State will be disenfranchised.
“However, something urgent must be done to salvage the situation. Our agency sees the aptness and the need to reach out to the generality of electorates across the state to get them sensitized,” he stressed.
Adeyemi however lauded the state government for supporting the agency financially and pleaded for more financial assistance to enable the agency do more for the people.
“We appeal to the state Government to resume it’s financial support to the Agency which at present has been stopped.