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FG asks INEC for 100 pick-up vans to trace contacts


The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said the Presidential Task Force had requested about 100 pick-up vans from the commission’s fleet to be deployed for contact tracing, surveillance/laboratory and infection prevention/control in six states and the Federal Capital Territory.



The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Mr Festus Okoye, in a statement listed some of the states as Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Kano, and Rivers.



He stated that in addition, the commission had also placed all its state offices nationwide on standby in case the PTF requested additional support to combat the pandemic.



Okoye said INEC was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission and telecommunications service providers to assist in raising public awareness about the coronavirus pandemic by sending bulk messages to registered voters in a move similar to what it does for voter mobilisation.



He said, “The PTF has requested about 100 pick-up vans from the commission’s fleet to be deployed for contact tracing, surveillance/laboratory and infection prevention/control in six states and the Federal Capital Territory, in the first instance.”



He explained that the short messages were adopted from the flyers/leaflets issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
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