The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure that the forthcoming National census exercise fully reflects the actual population of Abia.
Dr Ikpeazu made the call when a delegation from NPC led by the Federal Commissioner, Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Umuahia. He explained that the population of Abia is steadily increasing with the massive influx recorded in metropolitan cities in the state. He also charged them to avoid politicizing the exercise
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, stated that knowing the actual size of Abia’s population will aid in planning and budget preparation, noting that inaccurate population figure will impact negatively on the economy.
He commended the NPC for their efforts in preparation for the exercise, and assured them of government’s assistance and support in creating the necessary awareness and sensitization that will enable Abians get proper information on the need to participate fully in the population and Housing census Exercise.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi disclosed that they are in the state to acquaint government on its activities and on the need for government to mobilize its citizens to fully participate in the Enumeration Area Demarcation Exercise, a prelude to the population and Housing Census exercise that will commence on Thursday November 28th at Ohafia LGA.
Members of the State Executive Council, Secretary to the State Government and other top Government officials were present during the visit.