The management of Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos has urged traders in the market to go for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), as it may become a visa to the market for them.
The President of the market, Mr Udochukwu Mbaonu, said this on Thursday, during a routine security check to ensure safety of lives and merchandise in the market.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market is the largest electronics and electrical commercial centre in the West African Sub-region that supplies goods to neigbouring countries.
Speaking as he toured the plazas and shops in the market, Mbaonu reminded the trading community of the importance of having the PVC.
He stressed the need for everyone to participate in the polls, saying that a day would be set aside to allow people to go and collect their PVCs before the Jan. 29 expiration date for collection.
Mbaonu said that the success or otherwise of the collection would determine whether or not the management would implement the PVC visa access to the market.
“It our right to choose our leaders in this election so that the success of the country will be a collective responsibility. We can only do that if we have the PVC.
“It regrettable that many of us that will begin to bad mouth the government tomorrow do not have this card that will enable us do our own required obligation to the polity to make it work.
“As an organisation, we are not taking it lightly with anyone that does not get his or hers before the time. That might serve as requisite to most privileges in this place,” he said. (NAN)