A PAN Igbo socio-political group, Ndigboamaka, has visited markets in the state to sensitise traders on the need to participate in the voters’ card revalidation, which begins in Lagos later in the month.
The group’s National; Coordinator, Nze Basil Osunkwo, said their visit to markets became necessary because some of the traders were usually engrossed in their business at the expense of their civic responsibilities.
His words:’’The time has come for these traders to take their destiny in to their hands by deciding who governs them with their votes.
“What we are doing is a sacrifice and that is why we have abandoned or business and works to go round the markets to sensitise the people on the oncoming revalidation of voters card.”
“ Our group, which comprises of 58 markets associations in Lagos, has observed that many traders don’t take the issue of election very seriously and so do not even make out time to register and obtain voters cards. This we think will not help the political development of the country.
“ Election begins from getting voters card and then casting your votes for your preferred candidate at election. We are sensitizing and educating these market men and women on the need for them to realize the powers they have with the cards in deciding who rules over them at various levels.”
On how the traders were buying in to the message, Nze Osuokwu said, the response was very encouraging as most of them have realised what they have been missing by not taking election matters very seriously, stressing, “ with this, the level of political awareness and development is increasing and we are not going to rest until we have made every trader in Lagos politically conscious.”