The National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra State has reiterated the need for support and cooperation from the leadership of various communities to ensure success of the ongoing Enumeration and Area Demarcation (EAD) in the state.
The Federal Commissioner representing the State at the Commission, Chief Chidi Ezeoke stated this on Thursday in Nnewi while sensitizing the Traditional Ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, President General, Dr Maduka Atueyi, Councilors and other community leaders on the essence of the exercise.
He said the community leaders must ensure the trained officers of the commission were not influenced in any way by members of the community, but to provide them unfettered access and local guides to carry out their responsibilities professionally.
He said, “We need you to assist us sensitize your people so they won’t hinder the work in any way. Even during working hours when civil servants, businessmen and women and farmers have gone to work, the officers are expected to be working.
“Please allow our officers to carry out the work professionally the way we thought them. Even if any of you have ideas on what we’re doing, don’t be tempted to influence or hijack the job from them.”
Also speaking, NPC Director in the state, Arch. Joachin Ulasi said the exercise would cover the four communities of Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi of the Local Government Area.
He revealed the officers were expected to arrive the Council headquarters on June 1 where they would be received by the community leadership for onward movement to their various locations to commence work the following day.
“All the buildings must be demarcated and numbered, irrespective of size, while locality identification which we call towns and villages must be authenticated by the community leadership.
“We plead with Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government, Obi of Nnewi, Presidents General and other stakeholders to assist us by supporting the exercise and cooperating with our staff so we can achieve the desired results,” he said.
Responding, Nnewi North Transition Chairman, Prince Orizu thanked the Commission, assuring them of maximum cooperation to ensure a hitch-free conduct of the exercise.