The National Population Commission says the national census will take place before the 2023 general election across the Federation.
The Rivers state federal commissioner of National Population Commission Dr Ipalibo Harry stated this at the continuation of fieldwork of the enumeration area demarcation of Obio/Akpor local government area
The Exercise which was declared open by the obio/akpor local government Chairman Hon Solomon Eke kicked off today and is expected to go on for one month and urge residents to cooperate with the field workers to achieve the set results
He said the Demarcators will move around your communities numbering houses and making enquiries about households and mapping enumeration and registration areas in collaboration with INEC.
DR Ipalibo clarified that Enumeration Area Demarcation is not the enumeration of the Population and that persons will not be counted during this particular exercise.
He also explained that the enumeration demarcation will enable the commission to form the basis for planning and execution of accurate census
The Federal commissioner of National population commission Dr Ipalibo Harry also appealed to Rivers residents, Traditional institutions and community development chairmen to cooperate with the field enumerators to give accurate information
He said the expected result and roles of Residents as (1)‘’ provide accurate security for the Demarcators and the equipment during the exercise
2) Respond truthfully to inquiries from the Demarcators to facilitate the exercise
3)Allow them to move freely within and from your community for the demarcations exercise
4) Give them access to building/housing units in order to number them for demarcations