- Governor Hope Uzodimma has called for grassroots sensitization on the need for southeast residents to participate in the 2023 population and housing census
- The Imo governor assured the National Population Commission in the state of every necessary support they need to ensure that the exercise turns out well
- According to the governor, the census exercise is an opportunity for the southeast to address its perceived marginalization
Owerri - Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state has charged the entire southeast region to take advantage of the 2023 census to address marginalization.
Governor Uzodimma made the comment at the Imo state stakeholders summit on population and housing census flag-off ceremony in Owerri.
The governor stressed that the outcome of any census impacts on everyone negatively or positively.
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“If you don’t want to be cheated, the time to do it is now.”
He advised every Imo citizen irrespective of party affiliate, to be fully involved in the civic exercise, noting that nonchalant attitudes will amount to being undercounted and shortchanged as a state and as a region.
Speaking earlier at the flag-off, the Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Emeka Nduka disclosed that the opportunity for the southeast to count their numerical strength is now.
He added that anyone who impedes the smooth process of the census will be doing a disservice to the people of Imo state and the southeast at large.
Present at the event were; the Eze Imo, Eze (Dr.) E.C. Okeke, and other traditional rulers, government officials, sole administrators and other grassroot leaders.
Governor Hope Uzodimma gives more insights on his stance
Writing on his Twitter page, Governor Uzodimma noted:
“Today, at the Stakeholder's Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census, organized by the National Population Commission in Owerri, I joined in sensitizing our people on the need to jettison every indifference and nonchalant attitude towards Population Census.
“Over the years, there has been a misconception of the importance of Population Census, erroneously regarded as mere data collection on the number of human beings & houses.
“At this time in our nation, an updated & accurate demography is germane to the economic policy formulation, equitable distribution of amenities and allocation of national treasury.”
Hope Uzodimma to Ndi Igbo: We need to strengthen our negotiation skills in politics
Recall that Governor Uzodimma recently charged Ndi Igbo to strengthen their negotiation skills to play politics effectively at the national level.
Uzodimma made the comment at the public lecture tagged 'Igbos quest for Nigeria’s unity', in honour of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in Owerri.
The lecture was one of the events lined up to celebrated the 80th birthday of the elder statesman.
2023: APC leader Ginika Tor asks Ndigbo to vote Tinubu
On her part, president of Omaluegwuoku Progressive Initiative, Mrs. Ginika Tor, has assured the people of the southeast that All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu would address the marginalisation of Ndigbo if voted into power.
Speaking at ‘Igbo Kwenu 4 Asiwaju’ town hall meeting in Keffi, Nasarawa state, on Monday, August 15, she remarked that the Tinubu-led presidency would run an all-inclusive government.
According to her, it would be in the best interest of Ndigbo to vote for Tinubu to remain in the mainstream politics of the country.