By: Joshua Adinoyi
Following the alarm raised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the low turn out of eligible voters to pick their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Kogi State, Hon. Eunice Olukomogbon, Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Voters Education and Sensitization, has visited the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the State.
The visit, Hon. Eunice said was aimed at synergizing with the Agency to embark on rigorous sensitization on the importance of PVC and the need for all registered voters in Kogi West to pick up their PVC.
The SSA hinted that she will soon kick start a sensitization Tour to all nooks and crannies of Kogi West, stressing that the coming elections should be taken seriously by all citizens of the Country.
Hon. Olukomogbon explained that PVC remain the strength of Voters during election, saying that abandoning it after registration was equal to a farmer refusing to go to the farm with his/her farming implements.
She appreciated NOA over the robust meeting, assuring that the synergy will go a long way at helping the people at the grassroots get their PVC.
Hon. Eunice Olukomogbon also used the occasion to call on the public to prepare for the forthcoming Elections through their PVC, stressing that the need for them to perform their franchise during elections cannot be overemphasized.
Speaking, the Head of Human Resource Management of NOA in Kogi State, Mrs. Florence Olorunishola – who represented the State Director of the Agency, appreciated Mrs. Olukomogbon for her passion at taking the sensitization message to the people at the Grassroots.
The HRM of NOA in the State explained that the Agency has experienced staff at the various Local Government Areas, stressing that they will help her communicate with the Locals in their various dialects during her sensitization.
She said the Agency has been up and doing at sensitizing critical Stakeholders such as Traditional Rulers, Market men and women, Religious leaders, Organizations, amongst others in the LGAs on the need for them to encourage the people to go get their PVC ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
Mrs. Florence Olorunishola calls for more synergy between the NOA and the State Government to enable the Agency perform her duties effectively.
Though, a Federal Government parrastal, she said some of the Agency’s constraints can be resolved by the State Government, explaining that cordial relationship with the State Government will go a long way at helping NOA in the State to be reckoned with Nationwide.
She lamented that NOA has no means of mobility at the Local Government Levels, saying that Staff of the Agency have been carrying out sensitization activities unnoticed as there was no means of public address system.
Mrs. Florence enjoined Hon. Eunice Olukomogbon to help NOA speak to the powers that be to assist the Agency in all possible ways to enable them function better.
The Kogi State HRM of NOA advised politicians to guide their supporters on how to vote properly during the coming Elections.
Highlight of the visitation was the handing over of palmflets containing sensitization messages to the SSA by the NOA to enable her carry out her mission effectively.