By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has warned that meddling census with politics will invalidate results and make it unacceptable by Nigerians.
Mr. Emmanuel therefore, called on the National Population Commission (NPC) to separate census exercise from politics, to gain acceptance from Nigerians.
He stated this on Monday at the NPC continuation of field work for the enumeration area demarcation in Akwa Ibom State and the commemoration of the World Population Day.
The Governor assured the commission of support as well as peaceful completion of the pre-census exercise known as the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) currently going on in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the state.
“Akwa Ibom is a peace loving state, we will support the National Population Commission till they complete the Enumeration Area Demaecation exercise in our state”.
The Governor maintained that at the completion of EAD exercise, the state will be a model for others to follow.
“At the completion of this exercise, Akwa Ibom will become the model for other states to follow”
Meanwhile, The Federal Commissioner of National Population Commission, Mr Benedict Ukpong, stated that the commission has put in place adequate arrangement for effective deployment of personnel and materials in the selected local government areas for the pre-census exercise.
“For this EAD exercise, the commission has put in place adequate logistics arrangement for effective deployment of personnel and materials in the selected LGAs”
Ukpong said that a team of EAD are right now carrying out field activities for the demarcation exercise in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.
He thanked the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his support for all the population matters in the state.
Ukpong, however, appealed to the state government, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Council, traditional institution as well as the communities in the affected area to support the commission in carrying out the EAD by allowing the demarcators access to facilities and places in the area to be demarcated.