Imo citizens who fails to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) may soon be exempted from accessing certain social-economic benefits, such as salaries and admission into schools in the state, the state governor, Rochas Okorocha has said.
The governor gave the indication on Saturday while addressing journalists at the Government House, Owerri, the state capital.
Describing as unimpressive, the figures of citizens who are yet to enroll for their PVC, Okorocha said it become necessary for his administration to adopt the approach as a way to change the non-challant attitude being exhibited by citizens towards collection of their PVC.
Okorocha, who said his government will not watch the attitude of indigenes go unchecked, added that PVC will become a critical component for trade and businesses to be carried out in the state.
“The government is going to initiate the policy of ‘operation- show-your- PVC’ before you can enter the market to buy or sell and before you can do business or get anything from the government, and before your child can be admitted into schools.
“Even before workers receive their salaries from the government, they must show their PVC. We cannot allow the I-don’t-care-attitude of our people towards the exercise to continue unchecked.”
Pointing out the danger posed by the attitudes shown to PVC collections by Imo indigenes, Okorocha said aside giving the people the leverage to elect their preferred leadership, it would also give the strength to get its dues in the country’s political setting.
He urged the churches to also help in disseminating the information to their members, stressing the importance of citizens of their state getting their PVC.