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The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has made an open called on all the local government Chairmen, Traditional monarchs, presidents-general of town unions and the religious leaders and the other stakeholders in Enugu State to make sure that they create an awareness about the coming 2023 census among their followers.
The governor had made this directive while he had been declaring open the Enugu state stakeholders Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing census organised by the National Population Commission in Enugu.
The governor, represented by Steve Oluruo said that Enugu state had put every arrangement on the ground to ensure a peaceful conduct of the exercise in the state including security.
He called on Enugu residents to come out in their numbers to be counted because of the economic value it would impact on the state as regards to developments.
In another related development, the Apex Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared its readiness to mobilise the Igbo and other residents in the South East to participate fully in the 2023 national population and housing census.
Its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnias made the disclosure during the National Population Commission (NPC) stakeholders’ summit for the 2023 census in Enugu. He urged people of the region to ensure they were part of the civic exercise next year.
Ogbonnia pointed out that the call was to avoid the possibility of suppressing the population of the region, which could lead to denying them their fair share of allocation in the country.
‘If you look at 1952, 1963, 1964 and 1974 census, they were all rejected for not meeting the expectation of the people. The 1988 and 1991 heralded crisis which was detrimental to Igbo cause and we also discovered in 2006, the census was not accepted due to errors in the figures. So, now they are talking about electronic census, I hope they will come out with better and credible result,’ he said.
Federal Commissioner representing Enugu at the NPC, Chief Ejike Eze said the summit was to broaden the state-level support base for the successful conduct of the 2023 census.