The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24, 2023, as public holidays in the state to enable residents to collect their permanent voter cards, ahead of the forthcoming general election.

This is contained in a statement on Saturday signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Chris Ezem.

The governor ordered that all public offices and markets be closed and urged residents to use the opportunity to visit the Independent National Electoral Commission’s offices or collection centres where they registered to collect their PVCs.

“The executives of the various markets in the state are directed to ensure strict compliance on the closure of their various markets or be prepared to face appropriate sanctions.

“Banks and those on essential duties are not affected by this directive,” the statement added