-Residents commend initiative
As part of his representation duties, Hon. Babajimi Adegoke Benson, the representative of Ikorodu Federal Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Defense, has made registration and replacement of the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) easier for the people in his constituency initiating a registration and revalidation exercise across lkorodu division.
The exercise, which started on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Imota Local Council Development Area (LCDA), has been witnessing large turnout of residents.
The lawmaker’s team leading the exercise, was also in Ijede LCDA on Sunday, January 22, where residents were attended to at the council secretariat and Abule Eko Town Hall.
Many residents in Ikorodu division are still facing challenges in registering or replacing their lost PVCs among other challenges despite the campaign launched by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the process is seamless for electorates.
In the campaign embarked upon by the iCare Foundation, the working team of Hon. Benson, residents were provided with the opportunity of pre – registration for PVC, transfer of their PVC, update/correction of information supplied for their PVC registration, replacement of PVC as well as voters’ sensitization.
Meanwhile, Hon. Benson, in a statement issued at the weekend to announce the commencement of the intervention exercise, said that the exercise will cater for residents that are yet to register for PVC and those who have issues with their card.
“My iCare Foundation will, from January 22 to February 6, 2022, be providing computers, internet access and human resources at designated centres across Ikorodu Federal Constituency to assist eligible voters, especially those who have no ICT access or find it difficult to pre-register on INEC portal via (https://cvr.inecnigeria.org)”, he said.
“The exercise will also cater for those who have lost their cards, changed address, and those who just turned 18 years, etc.
“We look forward to receiving you as you actively participate in this exercise. Your PVC, Your Right”, Hon. Benson said in the statement.
Some of the residents that spoke with THE IMPACT in Ijede, commended the lawmaker for not only bringing the exercise to them but also for making it possible.
Mrs Florence Adeshina, a resident of Abule – Eko in Ijede LCDA, said that she has been looking for an opportunity to get the PVC but was unable to do it until the exercise was brought to her neighborhood by Rep. Benson.
“It is commendable that Hon. JB (Babajimi Benson) has brought this exercise to our community and afforded us the opportunity to get registered”, she said.
“We have been looking for ways to get registered for the PVC since and it is wonderful that the exercise has been brought to our door – step by Hon. Benson. Thanks to him”, she said
Mrs Ibitolu Mariam, a resident of Oke – Eletu also in Ijede LCDA, told our reporter that she was opportuned to do the registration for the first time with the assistance of the lawmaker.
“This is my first time of registering for the PVC and I really thank Hon. Benson for this”, she said while showing her pre – PVC registration printout.
“The whole process went smoothly. Hon. Benson is doing well”.
Mr Augustine Okoh, also a resident of Abule – Eko, also said that he has been able to do his pre-PVC registration without stress.
“It went well and we were able to do the registration without problem. Thank you Hon. Benson”.
Mrs Musa Funke, another resident, described the initiative as a great one.
“It is a great idea to have brought this team down to our community to allow us register for PVC”.
The exercise resumes on February 4 at Elepe Primary School, Elepe and Methodist Primary School, Igbogbo and on February 5, the exercise will move to the Methodist Primary School, Ibeshe, all in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA.
It will be the turn of Ikorodu West LCDA on February 28, 29 and 30 at Orishinle Shopping Complex, Agric, The Apostolic Church, Asolo and Ajaguna junction, Ogolonto, respectively.
The LASTMA Yard along Shagamu Road and St. Anglican Primary School, Igbaga, will host the exercise in Ikorodu North LCDA on January 28, 29 and 30 respectively.
The Ikorodu Local Government will host the iCare pre – PVC registration team on February 4, 5 and 6, at Remdamson Filling Station, Ojogbe, Ladegboye and Gberigbe Halls respectively