Cross River State governor, Senator Bassey Otu has said that he will need information on the accurate data of youths and women in the state to enable him plan for their well-being.
Otu said this when he received the federal commissioner representing Cross River State in the board of the National Population Commission (NPC), Navy Capt. Charles Ogwa (rtd) and his management team who were on a courtesy call to his office.
He said “population is very key to any economy planning and we have shown determination in moving the state forward, we need to know our population and figure classifications including the Youths, Women, Men as well as the Aged.
“I am so happy to hear that 80 per cent of the job has been done, because I know that the principal work in any census exercise is delineation and you just told me that the commission had completed the delineation and demarcation which means that the job is almost done.
“Permit me to give you every assurance that the state Government will be ready to provide you with any support that you will need in delivering accurate figures for this coming census.
“Knowing the real population has been a problem itself for our country. Here in Cross River State, please ensure that you work very hard to give us accurate census figure, that we will use to work for our people” he added.
Speaking earlier, Ogwa had said that “the basic and foundational activities which is the Enumeration Area Demarcation have been perfectly done in all the 18 Local Government of Cross River State. Census instruments and see how effective they are.
“We did the 1st, 2nd and 3rd pre – test and finally we conducted a trial census and it went well by the appraisals, most of other items have been delivered to the local government of the state, they are securely placed.