By Joe Akwarandu Umuahia
The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure that the forthcoming National Census exercise fully reflects the actual population of Abia. Ikpeazu made the call when a delegation from NPC led by the Federal Commissioner, Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Umuahia. He said that the population of Abia is steadily increasing with the massive influx recorded in metropolitan cities in the state, charging the body to avoid politicizing the exercise. The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, stated that knowing the actual size of Abia’s population will aid in planning and budget preparation, noting that inaccurate population figure will impact negatively on the economy. He commended the NPC for their efforts in the preparation for the exercise and assured them of government’s assistance and support in creating the necessary awareness and sensitization that will enable Abians get proper information on the need to participate fully in the population and housing census exercise. Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi disclosed that they weres in the state to acquaint government of its activities and on the need for government to mobilize its citizens to fully participate in the Enumeration Area Demarcation Exercise, a prelude to the population and Housing Census exercise.