The phase 10 Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, for Ikeduru council area has commenced with a flag-off of the exercise by the Federal Commissioner representing Imo State in the Board of the National Population Commission, Prof Nnabue Uba.
The event, held at the Council Hall of Ikeduru council, Monday, had officials of the commission, functionaries, leaders of various communities in the local government in attendance.
Speaking during the ceremony, Prof Nnabue said the EAD is the vehicle that drives the entire census process in the pre-census, actual enumeration and post-census period.
The Federal Commissioner said it was a preparatory step towards a successful National HeadCount, stressing the need to remember to respect the cultural peculiarities of the people of Ikeduru as they capture all nooks and crannies of the area during the exercise to guarantee an authentic enumeration area demarcation.
The commissioner requested traditional rulers to mobilize and sensitize their subjects towards adequate support to the staff handling the exercise for maximum success.
He urged all the personnel trained for the exercise to discharge their duties in a timely manner that would guarantee the desired results.
In a welcome address, the IMC Chairman of Ikeduru local government council, Hon Tony Iwuamadi had assured the commission of his unalloyed support, urging the people of the area to fully support the exercise in view of its benefits in national planning.
He appealed to the people not to give the demarcation exercise any coloration other than the desire by Government to ensure adequate and accurate planning for its people.
The State Director, Mr. Christopher Abadi While speaking, stressed the importance and need for the people of Ikeduru to synergize with NPC staff during the exercise.
He thanked all stakeholders who graced the occasion, even as he assured them that he is convinced that this project would sail and run smoothly. The State Director seized the platform to express the appreciation of the National Population Commission to the people of Ikeduru expressing optimism.