By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
A member of House of Representatives,Hon. Femi Bamisile has tasked the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) to embark on aggressive action that will ensure 100 per cent network coverage before 2027 general elections saying Nigeria has no excuse than to embrace e-voting.
Bamisile, a former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, now the Chairman,House Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), explained that over 37 million Nigerians will be disenfranchised if electronic voting is adopted for the impending 2023 polls, which he said was not in tandem with the spirit of democracy.
The lawmaker representing Gbonyin/Emure/Ekiti East Federal constituency of Ekiti State, said these in Ado-Ekiti, while distributing free petrol to 1,000 commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders in the state capital.
Bamisile,who said e-voting is now what is in -vogue globally, which he said Nigeria must embrace, said: “Technology is now being adopted for free, fair and credible polls and Nigeria must move with the tide of civilisation.
“It is the best option for Nigeria,but a situation where only 50 percent of our voting population have access to network makes it impracticable now. About 37m of our voting population will be shut out of the electoral system.
Speaking about the humanitarian service to the people, Bamisile, said a total of 1,000 Okada riders received free petrol in the first phase of the programme.
Describing the level of joblessness among the youth in the country as frightening and disturbing, Bamisile stated that he would soon begin a special empowerment programme for degree and Higher National Diploma holders among Okada riders in the state.
“This empowerment programme was meant to support the commercial motorcyclists in Ekiti. They have a population of over 15,000 in Ekiti with o ever 5,000 parading either BSC or HND certificates, so they need our support.
“I am going to do the headcount of HND and BSC holders among them and soon, I will do a special empowerment for these people that really befits their academic status. And those who are not well certificated but has interest in skills and vocational training will be trained among them.
“We are also extending the same gesture to commercial drivers in the future”, he stated.