Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has declared Tuesday, January 24 a public holiday for residents of the state.
This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary the Governor, Richard Olatunde.
He said the holiday is to enable eligible voters in the state collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) designated centres in their respective Local Government Areas.
“The importance of the forthcoming elections cannot be overemphasised. There is an urgent need for us to address the low rate of PVCs collection in the Southwest. Beyond partisan lines, it is imperative that our people understand that the PVC is their license to enthrone desired political leadership,” the governor stated.
“We are constrained to take this decision to enable our people take this advantage and collect their PVCs. It’s important that we all exercise our civic responsibilities.
“All political appointees and other government functionaries are also directed to return to their local governments and wards to encourage our people to collect their PVCs.” the statement added.
Akeredolu asked civil servants, private workers, artisans, and other well-meaning residents of the state to seize the opportunity and collect their PVCs.
He also called on Ondo residents to place premium on the collection of PVCs to enable them exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections.