2023 Census : Gov. Bello harps on imperative of Census to Nat’l Devt. 

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* Inaugurates Publicity committee.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has described the 2023 Population and Housing Census as vital and  important to the progress and prosperity of the Country.
Gov. Bello made the disclosure during  the inauguration of  2023 Census Kogi State Publicly Committee , held in the Lord Lugard glass House, Lokoja on Thursday.
The Governor  Represented by his Deputy , Chief Edward Onoja, said this year census as timely as it will help the incoming administration at all levels to plan and to hit the ground running in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people
The Governor expressed optimism that the figures that will come out of the Census will be a credible Data base for planning where critical sector would be given prompt attention.
He applauded the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari for the courage to embark on the Census exercise after a very long time.
The Governor praised the NPC for the adequate preparation it has carried out to ensure a credible exercise even as he charged the Media committee to ensure that citizens of the State are thoroughly mobilised for the Census exercise.
The Governor expressed optimism that every step will be made to ensure that the Census exercise and figures coming out of Kogi State will be authentic and reliable.
In a remark, the Kogi State Commissioner For Information and Communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, has reiterated the  readiness of the state to carry out massive sensitisation that would ensure full inclusion and participation by the Citizenry
Similarly, the State Director, NPC Kogi State, Mr. Ojo Abiodun Titus, described the 2023 Census as a Digital census that will forestall manipulation of the exercise by some unscrupulous persons.
” The  2023 census would be technologically driven that will erase manipulation. We will deliver a credible census to NIgerians. Our aims of setting up media and  publicity committee , is to reach length and breadth of the state with messages in the dialect of the people. And we are confident that with the calibre of the members, the aim would be achieved.
In their separate good will messages, the Members of the Committee assured of their readiness towards ensuring that critical stakeholders and citizens are made aware and are counted.
Highlights of the inauguration was the presentation of a documentary on methodology and preparation for the 2023 population and Housing Census presented by Mr. Ojo Abiodun Titus, State Director NPC,.
The state Director, said   preparation for the 2023 census  started in 2015, pointing out that the Commission has successfully demarcated all parts of the State, with pretest activities.

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