Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has described the partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, as a happy one, saying it facilitated 92 percent compliance of delivery of materials to polling units during the November, 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State.
Professor Yakubu gave the commendation at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja when the National President, NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin, led a delegation on a courtesy visit.
According to the chairman, ‘‘you are the largest union in road transportation in this country and we believe that if we are to achieve what Nigerians expect of us, we have to fall back on you. So, a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed between the commission and your union and so far so good, it has been largely a very happy experience.’’
He pointed out that because of the partnership with the union, polling units were opened as early as 8am during the gubernatorial election in Kogi State.
Also the chairman expressed delight that the courtesy visit afforded both sides the opportunity to review the MoU for better results.
Earlier, the national president of NURTW congratulated Yakubu and his team for their deserved appointments. He challenged INEC to improve and consolidate on the commendable records established by the previous Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.
He urged the commission to address a number of challenges raised by the union such as: streamlining of existing political parties to a number that is manageable; speedy revision of voters register so that in the future, presidential, gubernatorial and state assembly elections will be conducted in the freest and fairest manner such that it will not be marred in pointless disputes.
He called on stakeholders to assist INEC toward building an independent and responsible electoral body. He also pledged continued cooperation with the commission to move the electoral process to greater heights.