Naomi Gabriel —
The Governor of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma yesterday during the flag-off of stakeholders’ summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census, in Owerri urged authorities of the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure deployment of equipment that will guarantee accurate and reliable figures.
He also called on residents of Imo residents to make themselves available to be counted during the exercise.
Uzodinma expressed satisfaction with efforts of the NPC and noted the relevance of the summit “to the realization of our future plans as a government and as a people”.
“National Census is not just a mere collection of data, number of people and houses, it includes the collection of demographic, social and economic data, which government uses to formulate economic policies, he said.
“The data generated serve as useful guide in the distribution of social amenities and infrastructural projects.
“In other words, population census is at the heart of planning for the future by government, based on figure obtained during the census exercise.
“A properly conducted population census, therefore, saves government from planning blindly”, he concluded.