By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”NATIONAL Population Commission, NPC,Â has assured that the compendium of localities, going on in the country would not lead to any alteration to the result of the 2006 census. The Commission said the exercise was purely for national development.
Consequently, the Commission has appealed to council chairmen, traditional rulers and other stakeholders not to subject the exercise to any political manipulation.
The Chairman of the Commission, Chief Samuiâ€™la Makama, spoke in Umuahia,Â at a workshop on compendium of localities for Nigeria. According to him, â€œthe exercise is not for boundary adjustment or to change the result of 2006 census.â€
He pleaded that the verificationÂ will be â€œdispassionately undertaken in the true spirit of patriotism, devoid of any divisive tendencies.â€ Represented by the NPC Federal Commissioner for Ondo State, Dr. Bode Iwaloye, he charged the stakeholders to ensure that the exercise was â€œresounding success.â€
â€œThe authentication of locality lists will not lead to any boundary adjustment nor will the outcome affect the result of the 2006 census. The exercise should therefore be saved the ordeal of any political scheming as this will be counter productive to the goal of having an acceptable locality list for national development,â€ he said.