Yakubu said this on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, while assuring Nigerians of the timely arrival of materials and personnel on Election Day, during the signing of the revised Memorandum of Understanding between INEC and the maritime and transport workers unions by road in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria. in Abuja.

He explained that the revised MoU was designed to facilitate the successful deployment of personnel and materials on Election Day.

Explaining the logistics required for the election, Yakubu said; “The 2023 general election will involve the nationwide deployment of more than 1 million people and massive amounts of materials twice in two weeks from our state offices to 774 local government areas, 8,809 constituencies and 176,846 voting units throughout and width of our country.

“It will require more than 100,000 vehicles and some 4,200 vessels that will be accompanied by naval gunboats. This is a huge task that needs to be accomplished in the next 66 days and we are determined to do it to give Nigerians an enjoyable voting experience.

“Let me assure Nigerians that we are determined that all polling units across the country will open at 8:30 am on Saturday, February 25, 2023 for the presidential and national assembly elections and on Saturday, March 11, 2023. 2023 for gubernatorial and state assembly elections.

“To ensure that staff and materials are at the polling stations on election day awaiting the arrival of voters and not the other way around, INEC requires a large number of vehicles, including motorcycles, trikes, boats and canoes in the polling areas. riverside communities that cannot be satisfied with their internal resources”.

The INEC chief added that the movement of all vehicles and vessels would be tracked electronically to ensure that personnel and materials are not hijacked or diverted. the punch reports.

“Security agencies will not only be on hand to escort all vehicles and boats to the venues, but will also ensure the safety and security of all election personnel and materials. As usual, we will track the movement of all vehicles and vessels electronically and in real time to ensure that election personnel and materials are not hijacked or diverted.Yakubu said.

In his reactions, the president of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Tajudeen Baruwa; the President, of the National Association of Road Transport Owners, Yusuf Othmann and the General President of the Nigerian Maritime Workers Union, Adeyanju Adewale assured INEC that they would maintain neutrality throughout the electoral period.

They also registered their commitment to work with the electoral management body to ensure that materials and personnel arrive early at the various polling stations.