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NPC unveils Enugu localities compendium, Igbos urged to support 2023 census

The National Population Commission (NPC) has unveiled a compendium of localities in Enugu in preparation for the 2023 population and housing census.

• November 9, 2022
The National Population Commission (NPC)
The National Population Commission (NPC)

The National Population Commission (NPC) has unveiled a compendium of localities in Enugu in preparation for the 2023 population and housing census.

The commission presented the compendium at the two-day workshop it organised on Tuesday in Enugu.

The participants in the workshop included traditional rulers, council chairpersons and government agencies.

Addressing the participants, Ejike Ezeh, NPC federal commissioner in Enugu, said the compendium of localities for a census was a tool for data dissemination and national planning and development.

He explained that the workshop was aimed at compiling all the localities demarcated during the enumeration area exercise on an LGA basis showing the coverage and location on interactive maps.

Mr Ezeh said the compendium of locality would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

“We are happy that NPC has acquired a lot of data sets that will be useful for national development. So participants are to look at the compendium of localities, (and) the spellings to see if there is any omission so (that) they can point it out before final compilation towards the forthcoming census,” the NPC commissioner stated.

Mr Ezeh added, “If there is any community that is missing, the LG chairmen should be able to point it out.”

The National Orientation Agency director in Enugu, Ifeyinwa Ugwu, urged Igbos to support the forthcoming census.

“So we are seeking (the) cooperation of the communities to allow enumerators to count them during the 2023 national census. Igbos are many but do not allow misconception by some that Igbos are not Nigerians to deny yourselves from being counted,” Ms Ugwu advised.

(NAN)

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