Census, tool for national development, says Nnamani
March 6, 2006
Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has re-stated that a population census is important instrument for national development.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Enugu State Census Advisory Committee at Government House, Enugu, he stressed that statistical information is crucial for sustainable democracy and economic development, adding that the government and the private sector need it for effective economic planning.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, noted that the 1991 census was very controversial as various sections of the country felt that they were under-counted.

He expressed the hope that the current grassroots campaign of the National Population Commission (NPC), which he described as commendable, would lead to a hitch-free head-count.

While pledging the state government's full financial and moral support, the Governor enjoined the committee members to work conscientiously for the success of the census, even as he appealed to the people of Enugu State to ensure that they are counted.

Earlier in his speech, the NPC commissioner in the state, Dr. Bello Suleiman, had stated that the advisory committees were set up in each state and charged with the responsibility of advising the government on the logistics and everything that needed to be done in order to conduct a credible census.

He added that the NPC came up with a grand plan which included demarcation and delineation of the whole country, massive public enlightenment at national, state and local government levels, a test of the questionnaire in a trial census earlier this year and training of all categories of manpower, along with the actual enumerators, all aimed at ensuring a hitch-free head-count.

Dr. Suleiman further disclosed that after training, supervisors would be moved to states other than their states of origin as part of the NPC's attempt to make the conduct of the census transparent and acceptable to all.


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