The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has restated its commitment to continue to support and give succour to Nigerians who at any point may be victims of natural disaster.
South West NEMA Zonal Co-ordinator, Iyiola Akande, gave this assurance shortly after handing over some relief materials to some shop owners, whose stores were razed down by fire at Oja Tuntun, Odo Ogbe, Ile-Ife in Osun state.
The NEMA boss also appealed to market men and women to take advantage of insurance policies as it will be of immense help if disaster occurs.
The cause of the fire could not be ascertained as it occurred in the night.
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Osun State on Friday commenced the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to the people across all the 30 local governments including the Ife Area Office, in the state.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola received his permanent voters card alongside his wife Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola from the Osun INEC REC, Ambassador Rufus Akeju at ward 8 unit 01, Ifofin, Ilesa where he had earlier registered.
While addressing the people, the Governor tasked Nigerians to see the electoral process as a means of guaranteeing their rights to choose their leaders.
Governor Aregbesola also advised that the PVC, when acquired by all citizens, must be kept and guarded jealously for the Osun governorship election and subsequent elections.
The INEC team also presented to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II his Permanent Voters Card in his palace in Ile-Ife.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday met with the Osun State council Of Traditional Rulers to solicit support towards the forthcoming elections.
At the meeting which held in Ile-Ife in Osun state, the State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju, said that the idea of the meeting was to appeal to the royal fathers, as custodians of culture and traditions at the grassroot level, to create awareness in their respective communities and educate the electorates to exercise their civic responsibilities in a peaceful and non-violent manner, to strengthen democratic culture in the state.
At the meeting which held at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II, traditional rulers raised several issues ranging from logistics to voter education and awareness to operations to ensure that the challenges of the past are adequately addressed for a successful conduct.
Although the Osun State governorship election is months away, the Commission in the state said that there was no better time to start preparations than now, and the meeting with the Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers as one of the major stakeholders was the first step.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju, while addressing the Royal fathers, pointed out the essence of the meeting, and assured them that the commission was determined to conduct a free and fair election, devoid of malpractice.