REPORTER: CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has challenged security agencies to provide conducive atmosphere for smooth conduct of the February general election in the state.
Presenting operational vehicles to security agencies in Owerri, the Governor expressed worry over the inability of people in some parts of the state to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards due to security concerns.
He appealed to law enforcement agents to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in providing adequate security that would enable residents of the state to participate in the election.
Governor Uzodimma noted that it would be unfair to disenfranchise the electorate due to insecurity, adding that the operational vehicles would strengthen the logistics already provided to law enforcement agencies by his administration to aid their operations.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Mr. Mohammed Barde, who spoke on behalf of other security agencies in the state, expressed gratitude to the government for providing logistics support to fight crime and assured their preparedness to ensure a safe state.
INEC had expressed worry over the inability of the commission to distribute permanent voter cards in Orsu Local Government Areas of Imo and some isolated areas due to insecurity.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU