By RITA ILIYA
MINNA- Gov. Sani Bello of Niger State has declared Thursda as public holiday for the conduct of election in the 25 local government areas in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Malam Ahmed Matane in Minna.
He said that the public holiday is to enable citizens of the state to actively participate by going to the polling units and casting their ballots in the elections.
The SSG further disclosed that during the election period, markets and offices shall be closed and the movement of persons and vehicles restricted, except for those on essential duties.
“Government is urging citizens to go out and perform their civic duties on Thursday. This presents yet another avenue to elect representatives and leaders who expectedly will work for our collective aspirations at the Local Government level.”
Go. Bello also directed all security agencies in the state to ensure violence-free elections, stressing that the government is committed to safeguarding and guaranteeing a hitch-free process. (NAN)