National Population Commission, NPC, has sought for the support of the traditional rulers in Kwara State for the success of its coming enumeration and demarcation exercise in three local government areas in the state by December.
The Federal Commissioner for the Commission in Kwara State, Rasaq Gidado made the appeal while meeting with the traditional rulers in Irepodun, Ekiti and Oke-Ero Local Government Areas of the Kwara South where the exercise will take place.
Speaking at the palace of the Olupo of Ajasse-Ipo, Oba Sikiru Atanda Sanni Woleola II, who is a Chairman of the tradition rulers in Irepodun and Igbomina Ekiti of the state, Gidado said the coming enumeration and demarcation exercise is not the proper census but foundation to build census on.
“We know the importance of having support of the traditional rulers and the people of the communities in our activities and as a result of that, we are here to intimate you and seek for your support for the coming enumeration and demarcation exercise that will begin on 19 of December 2020 to 20 of January 2021”
“the enumeration and demarcation is an exercise that always carry out by the National Population Commission, NPC, ahead of general census and the entire management team of the commission in the state that are here today, we implore you, our royal fathers to please give all the necessary support to the workers of the commission that will be out for the exercise, most especially in the area of security” he said.
He, also disclosed that the community will have the privilege of presenting a representative that will be taking the people around the various communities in a particular area.
While addressing the traditional rulers from Oke-Ero and Ekiti Local Government Areas gathered at Oke-Ero Local Government headquarters in Iloffa, the Commissioner made it known that the commission no longer relies on pen and paper for its work. “They are now exploring technology in area of Satelite Imagery and Geographical Informatiom System” he stated.
The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba AbdulRaheem Adeoti at his palace in Omu-Aran, also declared support for the commission said “one of the major problem the country is facing is lack of proper data of people that are living in a particular area and this had made it difficult for the government to cater for its citizens, this exercise is long overdue, we promise to give adequate support to the workers of the commission that will be deploying to my domain for the exercise”
In continuation of the advocacy, the commission also visited group of Royal Fathers at the Palace of Olosi of Osi, Oba (Alhaji) Salihu Abdulkareem Adasofegbe who is the Chairman of Traditional rulers in Ekiti Local Government Area, addressing the Monarchs the NPC Federal Commissioner, intimated them on the reason for the visit and sought for their unflinching support for the workers of the commission that will be visiting their domains for the exercise.
Gidado, also disclosed that the commission will commence training for the workers that will be deploying for the exercise on the 10th of December in the state.
Responding on behalf of the Monarchs, Olosi of Osi said “we also know how important the population census exercise is. We know that it is the yardstick that government always use to determine what is due to each community, we assure you of our support” he said.
Similar exercise had earlier held in five local government areas in the state before now; Edu, Patigi, Ilorin South, Isin and Oyun.