Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Southern Nigeria has approved two days as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the Governor declared Thursday, January 26, and Friday, January 27 as work-free days in the State.
This was announced in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson on Friday, in Calabar.
Governor Ayade said the work-free days became necessary to enable residents of the state to participate fully in the 2023 general election scheduled for Feb. 25 and March 11.
He explained that civil and public servants in the State are advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in the elections.
The statement read, “Government wishes to make it clear for the benefit of members of the public that though work-free, members of the public are expected to take advantage of the days to get their PVCs and not just sit at home.
“It is important that members of the public get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in the coming election.
“Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections, get yours now.’’
According to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the deadline for the ongoing collection of PVCs in the nation is scheduled to end on Jan. 29.