Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday participated in a stakeholders’ summit in Owerri to mobilise the populace ahead of the 2023 population and housing census.
At the event organised by the National Population Commission (NPC), Uzodimma noted that census is much more than mere gathering of data of human beings and houses in a particular location, adding that the exercise is for national planning and economic development.
The governor enjoined the people to drop their nonchalant attitude and mobilise actively to be counted.
Uzodimma said: “Today, at the Stakeholders’ Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census, organized by the National Population Commission in Owerri, I joined in sensitizing our people on the need to jettison every indifference and nonchalant attitude towards population census.
“Over the years, there has been a misconception of the importance of population census, erroneously regarded as mere data collection on the number of human beings and houses.
“At this time in our nation, an updated and accurate demography is germane to the economic policy formulation, equitable distribution of amenities and allocation of national treasury.
“I have therefore mandated the local government Sole Administrators, to embark on grassroots sensitization on the need to fully participate in the 2023 population and housing census as scheduled by the Federal Government.
“I assured the National Population Commission in the state of every necessary support they need to ensure that the exercise turns out to be a huge success in the state.”