Monday, 27 February 2017

2018 Census: No effort will be spared, AKSG assures

2018 Census: No effort will be spared, AKSG assures

The Government of Akwa Ibom State has re-stated commitment to ensure maximum success of the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise and the subsequent 2018 population and housing census in the State. 

The Special Adviser, Bureau of Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson gave the assurance on behalf of Akwa Ibom State Government during an interface meeting with the Officials of the National Population Commission (NPC) and Chairmen of the 31 Local Government Councils in the State during the week in Uyo, the State’s capital.

The Honourable Special Adviser revealed that the essence of the meeting was to further drive the State Government support for the ongoing pre-census exercise. He said the astute commitment of His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel to the success of the 2018 census, from its prelude stage, was informed by his acknowledgement of the fact that for any effective and sustainable development to be achieved, reliable demographic data is key. This, he added can only be acquired through a credible census.

The Honourable Federal Commissioner, who had been a running-mate on the APC ticket for the gubernatorial elections in the State, supported the position of Barrister Ekong Sampson that he is in the State to serve the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State. He said the interest of the State was paramount, soliciting the support of Council Chairmen in areas of sensitization and mobilization, security and cooperation of communities with enumerators.

The Nta-nta Oro revealing his observation that within the short time of his stay in the State, there has been so many occasions of births, registered and unregistered, naming ceremonies, children dedications and the likes, with very few obituaries, reiterated the need to ensure a comprehensive exercise.

Engr. Ben Ukpong informed the State that the ongoing enumeration exercise was of utmost importance and would be done in collaboration with INEC and UNICEF, and with the use of GIS facilities to ensure all requirements were met.

He however expressed appreciation to the State Government for the support the Commission has enjoyed so far in the first and third phases of the EAD exercise in Oron and Nsit Ibom LGAs respectively, expressing confident that the State will sustain such gesture.

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