population agency sensitizes

The federal agency, National Population Commission (NPC) sensitizes Enugu stakeholders on the upcoming 2023 population and housing census in Nigeria.

NPC addressed traditional and political leaders at Nike Lake Hotel at a one-day event. The theme was the importance of Census for Nigeria.

Ejike Eze, the commissioner representing Enugu State at the Commission, convened the meeting. He explained that the Commission is now in the awareness creation and sensitization stage on the census exercise.

Nigeria holds another population and housing census in April 2023. It is coming on the heels of a general election that ends a month earlier, and after a 17-year hiatus.

State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by an aide, urged the attendees to spread the message of census to the grassroots.

He specifically charged LGA Chairmen, traditional rulers, community and religious leaders in attendance to promote participation in the census.

On its part, Enugu State said arrangements are in place to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise. This also includes all security arrangements, he said.

Enugu will have a successful digital census come 2023 because every logistics is in place, he said,

The Governor therefore urged Enugu residents to present themselves to be counted during the Census 2023 exercise. This, according to him, is because the headcount adds economic value and impact on the state as regards to  developments.

Mr. Eze thanked the Enugu State Government for steadfast support in their activities.

The stakeholder sensitization summit broadens state level support for successful conduct of the 2023 census, he said.

He therefore called for cooperation as well as feedback and suggestions on issues of concern related to the upcoming headcount.

The Commission commits to delivering census results that are “acceptable and credible,” he said. Accordingly, it will work to produce data that meet international best standard for planning and development purposes, he said.

“It is important to involve the stakeholders to get their feedback on instrument’s and to enrich the process.” The commission is anxious to deliver quality data that meet international best standard for planning and developmental purposes.”