By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Deputy National Secretary of Benin Government, Mr Cyrille Govgbedji has disclosed that the Republic of Benin will today, Monday, December 2, 2019 commence census of her nationals across Nigeria.
The Deputy National Secretary made this known in Ibadan while speaking with journalists on the three weeks exercise.
Mr Govgbedji said the census is in compliance with the ECOWAS treaty to guarantee the security of Beniniose in the host country.
He maintained that the census exercise will be flagged off simultaneously in Abuja, FCT and Saki in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, adding that the census exercise is expected to last for three weeks.
On the objectives of the census, Govgbedji declared that “the exercise is to make sure that any Beninoise national resident in Nigeria has ECOWAS Identity Card to guarantee his or her stay in accordance with the existing statute.”
Mr Govgbedji noted that the Beninoise government wants to use the census to ensure how many of her nationals are resident outside the country to assist government in formulating her socioeconomic and budgetary planning as well as “for security in compliance with the laws of the host country to accord genuine resident permit to stay,” .
The Deputy General Secretary of Benin Government explained that leadership of Beninoise cultural organisations and town unions in Nigeria have been mobilized to ensure effective sensitization of their members and ensure that they are well captured in the exercise by rallying them to participate effectively.
Emphasizing Beninoise that lots of benefits are derivable from the exercise, Mr Govgbedji tasked Beniniose to give all the necessary support to the census officials who have already arrived at their various designated centres in thec36 states of the country and the FCT.
The Deputy National Secretary however lauded the Nigerian government for the collaboration in ensuring success of the census remarked that similar exercise will take place in Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast immediately after the Nigerian experience.