From David Hassan, Gombe
The director National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Gombe state Mallam Mato Yakubu has appealed to women, to ensure that they claim their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
Mallam Yakubu stated this in Gombe
on Tuesday during a one day round table discussion of the role of Non – governmental, Faith Base and Civil society organization on Election Day organized by Society and the Future Ngo.
He said, NOA observed that, there were thousands of PVC unclaimed, and predominantly were women.
‘’We went to one local government area, we saw about 45,000 PVC cards unclaimed and most of the cards bears women name ‘’I am appealing to you, come out and claim your PVC, this is the only way you can exercise your civic right’’ he said.
In his welcome speech, Malam Ibrahim Yusuf coordinator Society and the Future, said the aim of the round table discussion was to rob mind on
how violence free election would be conducted in Gombe.
‘’Considering the vulnerability of Gombe, surrounded by crisis prone areas
‘’We need to discuss with critical stake holders on precautionary measures in case of any violence which is likely to occur’’ he said.
According to him, 40 persons participated in the round table discussion.
Also speaking, Malam Mukhatari Gidado Public Relations Officer Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the participant
has a greater role to play in terms of mobilizing eligible voters to exercise their civic rights.
Our correspondent reports that, the participant
unanimously agreed that, with or without support from the donor agencies, they will sensitize the public on the need for violence free