Ondo govt sets up 2023 census advocacy committee

By Damilola Olufemi

The National Population Commission in Ondo State has set up a Census Publicity and Advocacy Committee in the state to publicise census information across the 18 local government areas.

The governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, inaugurated the committee at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.

Akeredolu implored the committee to ensure it properly educate, inform and sensitise residents of the state on the conduct and relevance of the year 2023 Population and Housing Census.

The PUNCH reports that the census population was shifted to May due to the presidential and governorship elections held recently.

Members of the Committee include the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Owena Press Limited, publishers of the Hope titles, Sir Ademola Adetula; the Chairman, Ondo State Radiovision Corporation Media Group, Mr Kunle Adebayo represented by Taiwo Ibitoye; the General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Akure, Mrs Olubunmi Oke; the Nigeria Union of Journalists Chairman, Ondo State Council, Prince Leke Adegbite; Heads of Media organisations in the state; among several others.

Others include Chairman, League of Imams and Alfas, Ondo State; Sheikh Ahmad Aladesawe; Ondo State Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman, Rev. Fr. Anselm Ologunwa; Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas and Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi; members of Ondo State House of Assembly; leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students; the Iyalajes/Iyalojas in the state.

Mrs Odunayo Olubayode is the Secretary of the Committee.

The NPC Federal Commissioner in Ondo State, Prince Diran Iyantan, disclosed the target of the 2023 census is to produce accurate, reliable and inclusive data that will be used for planning and critical programme interventions.

He called on the committee members to be proactive while urging residents of the state to make themselves available during the exercise.

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