INEC To Release 100 Pickup Vans For Contact Tracing

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

Some of the states includes; Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Kano, and Rivers.

This was disclosed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Mr Festus Okoye, in a statement.

According to him, all its state offices nationwide have already been placed on standby in case the PTF requested additional support to combat the pandemic.

Okoye further noted that the INEC, Nigerian Communications Commission and telecommunications service providers are working hand in hand to create awareness through sending sms/ 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 said for short messages were adopted from the flyers/leaflets issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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