The Government of Niger State has directed state civil servants in the state to observe Friday 19th December as work free day for the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) exercise.
This was contained in a press statement issued yesterday in Minna by Israel A. Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
Ebije emphasized the need to take the exercise seriously, has maintained that the holiday does not affect staff of federal government and private business establishments in Niger, urging them to go about their normal official duties.
“Niger state government has decided to declare Friday 19 and Monday 21 December as work free holiday to enable civil servants who are yet to have their Permanent Voters Cards the opportunity to do so ahead of the 2015 general election”.
“The voting right of every eligible voter in Niger state is sacrosanct and the Chief Servant, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu is keen on making sure every eligible voter is given the opportunity to get the PVC. It is indeed the voters card that will empower electorates to make decision on candidates of their choice at the next poll.”
The press secretary noted that Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) has already taken possession of PVC’s for 11 local governments added that by Thursday every necessary material needed for the exercise will be in Niger state for the exercise slated for Friday ending Sunday.
Ebije further intimated that the continuous voters card will commence from Tuesday 22 to 27 December. While maintaining that the 5 days for the continuous voters card is not work free, has urged eligible voters to take advantage of the opportunity to get their voters cards.