By Douglas Okoro
Ahead of the 2019 common elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi, on Wednesday sought collaboration of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), for straightforward motion of personnel and electoral supplies.
Prof. Godswill Obioma, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, who spoke at a gathering in Abakaliki with NURTW members, stated the collaboration was vital with a purpose to guarantee profitable elections.
Obioma, who described NURTW as essential stakeholder, stated efficient collaboration with the union was wanted to make sure profitable motion of males and supplies.
According to him, the assembly is convened to map out methods and actions vital for efficient engagement of members of the union.
“The INEC in Abuja has directed states to hold out preparatory stock of what the fee wants for easy and profitable conduct of the 2019 common elections.
“This assembly with the union geared toward boosting our partnership and collaboration is a part of the preparatory stock.
“The assembly will foster larger cooperation and dedication which can make sure that solely these people who find themselves reliable and credible will probably be engaged within the transportation providers in the course of the elections.
“There are 1782 poling items in Ebonyi, and the implication is that not fewer than 1782 sound autos will probably be wanted to convey our males and supplies to those voting areas.
“You can see why the union is essential and certainly a essential stakeholder within the electoral course of.
“The commission must count on you to enhance timely and effective distribution of the electoral materials to the various poling units,” Obioma stated.
He stated that the fee would interact the officers of the 29 branches of the union working in Ebonyi in comparable interactive assembly.
The NURTW’s State Chairman, Mr Ewa Oko, who led different officers of the union to the assembly, recommended the REC for the well timed initiative.
He stated that the assembly would help each organisations to work out areas of widespread collaboration and cooperation in addition to strengthen gray areas.
Oko stated that the union has been supportive of the fee in earlier elections and had all the time mobilised its members throughout elections.
“We are going to cooperate and collaborate with the fee to make sure that 2019 common elections develop into an enormous success in Ebonyi by way of transportation of supplies and males to numerous polling items.
“If NURTW says yes; then you know that our yes is our yes. We have assured our support and cooperation to the commission for the success of the elections in Ebonyi and we hold on to it,” Ewa stated.
He stated that the union had launched operation ‘show your voter card’ explaining that members who had been but to register and acquire their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) weren’t allowed to attend the union’s conferences.
“We in NURTW are taking the 2019 elections very critically. We launched operation present your PVC which makes it obligatory for members to point out their voter playing cards earlier than they’re allowed to take a seat in our conferences.
“If you don’ t have your voter card we send you out of our meeting ,because you are not a good citizen,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the assembly inaugurated a seven – man INEC / NURTW transport joint sub-committee to work out modalities for efficient engagement of the transporters. (NAN)