REPORTER: NDU NWANNAH
Stakeholders in Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, have pledged to embark on aggressive mobilization of the citizens to ensure their participation in the 2022 Trial Census.
The stakeholders made the pledge during an Advocacy Visit by the National Population Commission (NPC) to the Council Headquarters and Ojoto Community Hall, as part of activities to sensitize the people about the exercise slated for July, 2022.
The National Population Commission is on Advocacy Tour of the seven communities in Idemili South as the area was the only one selected to be enumerated fully in the South East geopolitical zone during the 2022 Trial Census holding in July.
About 2,249 (two thousand, two hundred and forty-nine) supervisors and enumerators had been recruited electronically to be trained for the programme in the area.
Speaking during a visit to the Council Headquarters in Ojoto, the Head of Local Government Administration, Jane Anene, said workers, traders and community leaders had been informed about the exercise.
Two members of staff of the council recruited to be trained for the Trial Census, Mrs. Adaora Umeh and Mrs. Ngozi Akalaugo, said they were eager to participate in the generation of reliable data for national development.
At one of the community halls, an Anglican priest, the Reverend Cannon Timothy Okoye, noted that the project was a sensitive one that required effective collaboration to succeed.
For his part, the Spokesman of the community, Mr. Romeo Anyisia, called for improved telecommunication network coverage, security and deployment of locals as guides to enhance the progress of the event.
The Vice President General of Ojoto, Mr. Chinedum Ejiofor, pledged the commitment of the community to the national assignment.
Contributing, the Woman Leader of the community, Mrs. Anthonia Okonkwo, said the female folk would be educated on the importance of the exercise.
Earlier, the Federal Commissioner representating Anambra State in the NPC, Mr. Chidi Ezeoke, challenged the citizens to approach the exercise seriously because of its expected effects on the country’s socio- economic planning.
The Director of NPC in Anambra State, Dr. Joachim Okwuchukwu Ulasi, urged the stakeholders to help the commission in the Trial Census sensitization to avoid apathy during the programme.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU