Chief Nwanne Nwabuisi, Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Abia State, has pleaded with the Indigenous People of Biafra to allow the South-East to obtain accurate figures in the upcoming 2023 census.
Nwabuisi made the appeal on Thursday during the Abia State stakeholders summit on the 2023 census, which was held in Umuahia under the theme “Getting the People Involved.”
He stated that IPOB’s uncooperative attitude during the 2006 national census harmed the people of the South East and urged their cooperation this time. He stated that an accurate census is beneficial to everyone.
The commissioner went on to say that IPOB was asking the UN to assist them in holding a referendum, but that a proper referendum would be impossible to hold without an accurate census.
He also urged stakeholders to appeal to their IPOB brothers to work together for the good of all, noting that the commission had taken all necessary steps to provide Nigeria with an accurate digital census in 2023.
He urged all stakeholders, particularly local government area chairmen and traditional rulers, to provide their field workers with the assistance they need to conduct an accurate population and housing census in April 2023.
In his own speech, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, represented by his chief of staff, Chief Okey Ahiwe, said that the Abia State government would give the NPC all the support they needed to conduct an accurate census in Nigeria.
Adding that his administration had formed a state census committee led by Hon. Eric Nwakanma, to ensure that all stakeholders work together to achieve an accurate census in the state next year.