by Adeniyi Ogunfowoke Technology is forcing both developed and emerging economies to…
Nigerians complain daily about things not working whereas they can change the situation for the better. But then, how can you change something without doing anything? How do you have a say in who governs you? How can you vote out non-performing elected officials or help them return if you are happy with their performance?
Whether as a working professional or an entrepreneur, governance affects everyone and taking part in the political process is important – not just for us but for future generations. Getting a PVC can be a cumbersome process especially for working professionals; the stress, time, distance, energy required tend to discourage these set of people from being able to exercise their electoral franchise. Ironically, they are the ones who can effect change. Sterling Bank decided to do what every firm should copy, wholeheartedly – declaring a work free day to her employees to enable them obtain their PVCs. This is an important step in ensuring greater participation in the electoral process.
The initiative by Sterling Bank is good considering that Lagos state leads the country in terms of uncollected PVCs. A report by Business Day revealed that the state had 1. 40 million uncollected PVCs at various INEC offices in the state as opposed to 1. 42 million as at 2016. This figure represents 17.7% of the total uncollected PVCs nationally. This is an initiative other firms can adopt as it would enable their employees take part in the electoral process in the country as the ill-effects of not voting affects everyone – employer and employee.