Enugu ready for successful census, says Nnamani
March 16, 2006
Enugu State Government says adequate measures have been taken to ensure a hitch free census in the state.

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani said this while giving kudos to the Federal Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Frank Nweke Jr., who visited him at the Government House, Enugu..

The governor described Mr. Nweke as an ambassador of hardwork and excellence that the state is noted for.

The minister had earlier given an assurance that government was poised to give a reliable census figure to the nation while briefing the state governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, members of the state Executive Council, the state legislators, local government chairmen and traditional rulers at the Government House, Enugu.

Mr. Nweke (Jnr.), who told the governor that he was in the state in continuation of the nationwide 2006 Census advocacy and sensitization programme, said that the tour underscores the importance which the federal government attaches to the census exercise.

The minister said that the success envisaged from the exercise would help government plan better for the economic and social life of the people, adding that steps had been taken to reduce possibility of controversy from the results.

He commended the Enugu government for the support it had been giving to the National Population Commission in the state and appealed to the governor to intensify the support and effective mobilization of the people to ensure their full participation in the exercise.

The minister also called on civil society organizations, traditional rulers, religious leaders, as well as all stakeholders to give their full support to the census exercise by ensuring that the people were counted.

He also commended the state government for its achievements so far in infrastructural development and in improving the economic and social lives of the people, adding that Enugu state would continue to be a model in the country.

In his speech, the state governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, acknowledged the excellent preparations made by the federal government to ensure the success of the exercise, especially in the areas of public enlightenment and mobilization of the people.

Governor Nnamani stressed the importance of accurate and acceptable census figure, adding that a good knowledge of the population figure is very necessary for planning indices, which is also relevant to effective planning.

He therefore said that Enugu State government was poised to provide the needed enabling environment, as well as effective sensitization to ensure the success of the exercise.

The governor described Mr. Nweke (Jnr) as representing the true future of the Nigerian youths, adding that his visit had afforded him the opportunity to pay respect to this true son of Enugu State and Nigeria.

He praised the minister for his excellent performance, contributions and the very positive reforms in his Ministry adding, that government and people of Enugu State were very proud of him.


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