The acting chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Council, Hon. Mercy Bassey has urged Akwa Ibom people who are of voting age, but have not registered to vote in the 2023 general elections to do so before the window of registration is shut by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
She also appealed to those who have registered, but have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to follow INECs update on how to collect the voting instrument in their areas.
Bassey, who made the appeal recently when the executive and members of Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch, paid a courtesy visit on her at the council secretariat, Mkpat Enin, said it became necessary to encourage eligible voters to collect their permanent voter cards ahead of the forthcoming general elections so as to be able to participate in the electoral process.
The acting chairman, who is an alumnus of ABU, appealed to the association to get involved in creating awareness for people to be politically equipped through the possession of their PVCs.
Justifying the appeal, she said that it was timely, “because things are changing and the only voice we have is our PVC.
“I will plead that we go out as agents to encourage people in our churches, families and everywhere to register and get their PVCs, because it is not the Holy Ghost fire that will settle this matter, but our PVCs”, she said.
Bassey, who noted that the narrative in the political space has changed, pointed to the transparency that was brought to bear in the concluded primaries of political parties in the country, which she described as the best since the return of democracy in 1999.
“ What we witnessed during the conduct of party primaries was a sharp departure from the old ways of doing things. It is a pointer to a new era in our political dispensation,” she said.
She expressed her appreciation for the courtesy visit on her, by the alumni association, describing it as a great honour.
“We are not taking this visit for granted,” she said.
She attributed her success story to God and the commitment of her team and listed her strides in the council, so far, to include, renovation of administrative block, provision of furniture, renovation of Ekong Sampson Hall, completion of traditional rulers building, secured a 300 KVA transformer for council for the first time since creation courtesy of the by Managing Director, Ibom Power, Engr Meyen Etukudo.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the ABU Alumni Association in Akwa Ibom State, Comrade Dominic Akpan said that they were on the visit to show solidarity to the Acting Chairman, and lauded her for the many achievements she has recorded so far.
Comrade Akpan told the Ag. Chairman that the branch is highly rated at the national level of the association, because of its activities since he came on board.
Highpoint of the visit was presentation of coconut seedlings to the acting chairman as a memorial of the association’s visit.
Facility tour of the council secretariat and planting of coconut seedlings by Hon. Bassey and Comrade Akpan added colour to the visit.
Present at the visit were the head of Local Government Service, Mrs. Grace Ntukidem; council secretary, Princess Eno Ekanem, director of works; Mrs Affiong Wisdom; supervisor for Education, Ubong Essien; chairman, Education Committee, Hon Mbet Eka, a councillor.