- An Igbo union in South Africa has said it was planning to get the data of its members in 2018 to ascertain the population of its members living in the country
- The union's public relations officer, Rev. Stanley Uba, said that its members were doing well in South Africa
- He said the exercise will assist the union to know where members reside and their contacts in the provinces of South Africa
A South Africa-based socio-cultural organisation, Igbo Union, said arrangement has been concluded to collate the data of its members in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the union’s public relations officer, Rev. Stanley Uba, said that the census would be used to ascertain the population of Igbos in that country.
He said: "This project is the first of its kind to be done in South Africa. We will use the data collated to plan for programmes and projects and assist members when necessary.
“The exercise will also assist the union to know where members reside and their contacts in the provinces of South Africa.
“We have received encouraging response from members and as soon as necessary logistics support are put in place, the exercise will commence."
Uba said that its members in South Africa were doing well in various sectors, noting that the union would liaise with them to achieve better results, NAN reports.
He said: “Our members are doing well in various fields and sectors in South Africa. When the data is collated, we will use it to work with the Nigerian mission and sister organisations for the overall interest of our country."
The spokesman said that the exercise would commence in 2018 and would cover the nine provinces of South Africa.
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He urged members to cooperate with experts assigned to carry out the exercise with the necessary information needed for the data bank.
He added: “It may take us some time to implement, but we are determined to get the data because it will be beneficial to the Nigerian community in South Africa."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian mission in South Africa confirmed the killing of a 25 year-old Nigerian, Ibrahim Olalekan Badmus, a native of Lagos state.
The killing occurred less than a week after Jelili Omoyele, a 35 year-old cellular phone technician was shot dead at Doornfontein.
The deceased was reportedly killed by a South African police officer.
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