December 3, 2022

The Governor of Ebonyi State and the Senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South, David Umahi
has charged citizens in the state to submit themselves in order to be captured in the 2023 national census.

Source reports that the Governor gave the charge during a Stakeholders’ Summit on Citizens’ input and Consultation for the 2023 Population and Housing Census in Abakakilki on Monday.

The Governor kicked off preparation for the census with the inaugurated of a 19-member State steering Committee on the forthcoming National population and housing census, He as well called for the harmonisation of the rights of indigenes during the exercise.

The Committee has Gov. Umahi and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, as Chairman and Vice respectively.

Umahi praised the Commission on their efforts at ensuring successful conduct and pledged support to sensitise the people at the grassroots.

Source close to IsL also gathered that Umahi showed optimism that the NPC is prepared to deliver a credible census going by the outcome of its preliminary exercises such as the enumeration area demarcation and the trial census.

“I urge all and sundry to join hands at ensuring that Ebonyi is well and totally captured. The task of delivering an acceptable census is a collective one.

“The Committee should put in their very best to achieve successful conduct. We will be doing a monthly evaluation of our progress toward the census.

“There should be proper harmonisation of the question of place of birth and indigenship rights in the forthcoming census in Nigeria. Southeast indigenes are scattered all over the country.

“At this time, we will need to evaluate the indices of the census; we will be asking these critical questions.

“Is there any law in the country which says where somebody is born, he should become an indigene of the place?

“There is no law that says if you are doing business in a state, and probably you’ve stayed 10 years in the place, that you cannot benefit from the privileges accorded to the so-called indigenes,” Umahi added.

Subsequently, The Federal Commissioner of the NPC in Ebonyi, Mr Darlington Okereke,
noted that the essence of the summit was to create awareness on the census and harness support and collaboration of all critical stakeholders for the success of the 2023 population and housing census.

“It provided an opportunity for us to engage Ebonyi people towards delivering a credible census next year,” he said.

IsL source, Vanguard, further reports on Okereke’s assurance on the 2023 census being fully digital, stressing that the commission remained resolute in conducting a census that would meet international best practices.

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