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 Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders summit on the upcoming exercise He said that the outcome of the census would help to further strengthen the State Government s planning metrics He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition precedent for proper development planning the governor said He argued that over the years census in the country had been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise he said Ikpeazu represented by his Chief of Staff Mr Okey Ahaiwe said that the summit signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census He opined that the more people are involved in a process the less likely it is that they will question the outcome This is why we empanelled a high level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long term plan for Abia The document is a testament to our attention to data driven planning Ikpeazu said He therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment The governor thanked the National Population Commission NPC for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work He charged all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all important exercise Chief Johnny Nwabisi the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result based census in Abia He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which he said would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census Nwabisi warned the people of the South East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained Stakeholders at the well attended meeting including traditional rulers individuals and groups were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure revenue and other development indices in the state Other speakers at the event included the Chairman Abia Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Chief Uchenna Obigwe Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Emmanuel Agonmuo and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census

Okezie Ikpeazu

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state.

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Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders’ summit on the upcoming exercise.

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State Government

He said that the outcome of the census would help “to further strengthen the State Government’s planning metrics”.

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He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state.

“These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition-precedent for proper development planning,” the governor said.

He argued that over the years, census in the country had “been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states.

“Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise,” he said.

Chief of Staff

Ikpeazu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Okey Ahaiwe, said that the summit “signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise”.

He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census.

He opined that “the more people are involved in a process, the less likely it is that they will question the outcome.

“This is why we empanelled a high-level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise.

“The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome.

“Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes.

Partnership Initiative

“It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long-term plan for Abia.
“The document is a testament to our attention to data-driven planning,” Ikpeazu said.

He, therefore, charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee “to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment”.

National Population Commission

The governor thanked the National Population Commission (NPC) for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise.

He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work.

He charged “all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all-important exercise”.

Chief Johnny Nwabisi

Chief Johnny Nwabisi, the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC, thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result-based census in Abia.
He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which, he said, would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise.

He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census.

Nwabisi warned the people of the South-East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators.

He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated.

Sovereign State of Biafra

He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census, due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra.

Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South-East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained.

Stakeholders at the well-attended meeting, including traditional rulers, individuals and groups, were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry.

They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure, revenue and other development indices in the state.

Abia Council of Traditional Rulers

Other speakers at the event included the Chairman, Abia Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Chief Uchenna Obigwe, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Agonmuo, and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies, amongst others.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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