2023 Poll: Oko Monarch prays God Intervention in new naira swap, census

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BY SUNNY A. DAVID

The Traditional Ruler of Oko Community in Orumba North Local Government Area, Igwe Professor Laz Ekwueme has prayed God to send down His angels to cleansing Nigerian land off of all forms of impurities through peaceful conduct of the February twenty – fifth general elections, National Population and Housing Census and fast dispensation of the new naira notes in the Country.

The Monarch was speaking while playing host to the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Anambra State Directorate, Barrister Charles Nwoji and his Management Team who paid him an advocacy visit in his palace at Oko.

Igwe Professor Ekwueme, who will turn eighty – eight years on twenty -eight of this month, said that Nigeria needs peace and progress above every others things in the Country, affirming that the 2023 general elections, conduct of the March 29th Population and Housing Census and fast circulation of the new naira notes were expected to enthrone good tidings in the Country, if they would be handled very well by the concerned authorities in the country.

On the issue of the redesigned two hundred, five hundred and one thousand naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the well respected Professor and Monarch, called on the Federal Government to expedite action in encouraging the quick circulation of the new naira notes by the commercial banks in the Country in order not to add pains in the lives of the long suffering Nigerians.

Briefing Igwe Professor Ekwueme on the reasons behind the advocacy visit to him, the NOA State Director, Barrister Charles Nwoji, described the Igwe as a social influencer whom he said that has all it takes to positively pursued his Cabinet Members to talk to their subjects in their respective quarters to go and collect their PVCs before the closing date.

Barrister Nwoji, who noted that the collection of the PVCs will end on twenty- ninth of this month to enable INEC put its house in order in readiness of the elections, stated that the National Population and Housing Census is also expected to commence on twenty-ninth and ends on April second while the circulation of the old naira notes will take effect on January thirty – first.

According to the NOA Boss, Federal Government has shortlisted seventeen reasons behind redesigning of the two hundred, five hundred and one thousand naira notes to include, stopping politicians from hoarding the naira notes, making policies that would boost the Nation’s economy and total stop of votes buying at the polls as well as the abysmal control of circulation of money in Nigeria and complete reduction of kidnapping incidents in the Country among others.

He maintained that the redesigning of the naira notes is aimed at bettering the lots of Nigerians, calling on the people to contribute their quotas in making the general elections, census and the activities behind redesigning of the naira notes more fruitful.

Early,the Deputy Director Programs of NOA in the Headquarters of the agency in Awka, Sir. Joseph Uchendu, emphasized that NOA is seeking the supports of all and sundry, especially the Traditional Rulers in the State for smooth implementation of the very important tripartite National programs in the State.

He disclosed that millions of permanent voters cards were reported to have remained uncollected in the Orumba North Local Government Area, appealing to the electorate in the area to call it a point of duty to go and collect their PVCs with a view to making their lives saver and enjoyable by voting for the credible candidates who have the requited pedigree to better the lots of the Country.

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