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Igbo short-changed in past census — Stakeholders

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—PARTICIPANTS at the recently concluded South East national workshop on compendium of localities of the National Population Commission, NPC, in Abakaliki Ebonyi State, have decried the marginalization of the zone in past  population census result in the country.

The participants lamented that most of the localities in the zone were not counted during the 2006 census exercise, which they said was responsible for the inaccurate population figure of the zone as presently held by the NPC.

The participants, therefore appealed to the NPC to correct the anomaly in the zone in the next census, noting that the workshop will go a long way in solving the census imbroglio in the  country.

Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi said that the main aim of the workshop was to teach the stakeholders the intricate method of  carrying out census exercise as well as to educate and sensitize the public on the on-going compilation of the compendium of localities  in Nigeria.

Governor Elechi, who was represented by his Deputy, Professor Chigozie Ogbu, noted that census indices are veritable factor in planning exercises, adding that the South East should handle the current effort by NPC with passion since the zone was presumably marginalized in figure.

According to the Governor, “Ebonyi as a young state is desirous of catching up with other states of the federation. As a result, we shall put in every effort and material resources to attain any development platform, which can improve the living standard of our people.

This informed the decision of this administration to inaugurate an Economic Development Committee to fashion out the best economic pattern and possibly fast-track the attainment of progress and development in the  state.”


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