The National Population Commission (NPC), Abia State has begun the 12th phase of Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in Isiala Ngwa North and South Local Government Areas in preparation for the next census exercise.
Speaking during the official flag-off ceremony of the exercise at the Ururuka Hall in Omoba, Isialangwa South Local Government Area Headquarters, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Associate Professor A.C.B Agbazuere described the EAD as one of the preparatory activities for the next National Population census.
Associate Professor Agbazuere who noted that the exercise is a roadmap to accurate, reliable and credible census maintained that the success of a credible and accurate census depends solely on the quality and reliability of the EAD.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor further pointed out that the information gathered during the EAD would help in the economic development of the state as well as tackle security challenges in the country, and assured the NPC Abia State of the State government’s support towards the success of the exercise.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Abia State, Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi said that the EAD which is the foundation on which the entire census architecture is built, is a precursor to the main census enumeration and appreciated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his continued support to the commission.
In their respective speeches, the Chairman Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, Chief Ike Anyatonwu, the State Director NPC Abia State, Lady Juliana Ezebuiro, the EAD Coordinator, Shaibu Abubakar among others called on stakeholders, traditional rulers and youths in Isiala Ngwa North/South Local Government Area’s to support the commission in order to ensure that the EAD is carried out meticulously, professionally and scientifically in order to provide the basis for the smooth conduct of the next census.
Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that traditional rulers, critical stakeholders and PDP Chieftains from Isiala Ngwa North/South Local Government Area’s graced the occasion.