By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has released 20 additional vehicles to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to be use for contact tracing in Sokoto State.

It was gathered that the Commission had earlier released several vehicles in batches which are correctly being used by the PTF in the fight against the COVID-19.

But a statement issued by National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, INEC said it has released additional 20 vehicles to be used for contact tracing in Sokoto State.

The Commission which is sitting Thursday to decide whether or not it’s branches will be open for operations, said the release of the vehicles followed a request from the PTF.

“Further to its avowed commitment to support the national effort at combating the Coronavirus pandemic, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the deployment of 20 additional vehicles from its fleet to assist with the logistics needs of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” Okoye said in the statement, adding that the 20 additional pick up vans, which are being released at the request of the Task Force, will be deployed to Sokoto State to facilitate the movement of medical personnel for contact tracing.

“The Commission will continue to collaborate with all agencies and stakeholders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. We appeal to all citizens to join in this by complying with the advice of the medical authorities and observing all protocols and directives issued by them,” the statement added.

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