INEC To Deploy 100 Pick-up Vans To Trace Contacts in Lagos, Ogun And 4 Others


The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) on Friday said it is joining the national action plan to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic disease to deploy 100 pickup vehicles in its van to support the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus Response to accelerate ongoing contact tracing and surveillance work of the team in the country.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Barr. Festus Okoye, who announced the development said it is deploying resources in collaboration with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to send bulk messages using its voter registration platform toward creating awareness about the coronavirus pandemic outbreak ravaging the rest of the world.

“Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. the Commission has been in touch with the Presidential Task Force (PTF on combating COVID -l9 on areas it can assist the effort to tackle what is clearly a national emergency that require the support of all national institutions. He said.

He also added that "The PTF has requested for 100 pick up vans to be used for contact tracing, surveillance and infection prevention and control in six states of the Federation including  the Federalital Territory (FCT).


“The Six States are Lagos, kano, Osun, Oyo, Rivers and FCT. In addition the Commission has also placed all other State INEC offices nationwide on standby in case the PTF request additional support to combat the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Okoye said the commission is also working with the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and other telecommunication service providers to assist in raising public awareness on the pandemic by sending bulk messages (SMS) to registered voters, with the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development on the possibility of using INEC registration areas, wards and polling units for the distribution of palliative to ease the pain occasioned by the lockdown.

Citizens are already aware of the location of 8809 wards and 119, 973 polling units which are located in various communities in the country, the commission stated this, while urging Nigerians to heed the stay-at-home order of government.

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