The commissioner representing Cross River State at the National Population Commission (NPC) Navy Capt Charles Ogwa (rtd) has assured Nigerians of the commission’s readiness to complete the postponed head and household count.
The commissioner stated that preparation for the exercise had reached 80 percent.
Ogwa disclosed this to journalists yesterday during an engagement with the press in Calabar, the state capital.
He said the major activities including trainings and Enumeration Area Demarcation, (EAD) had already been completed with the online training ongoing in anticipation of a new date.
He stressed that arrangements were still on top gear by the commission for the conduct of the census stressing that the commission was waiting for a new date to be approved by President Bola Tinubu.
In a meeting with the president on July 6, the chairman of NPC, Mr Nasir Kwarra had intimated the president on the level of preparedness of the commission and the assistance required.
Ogwa said the all-inclusive demographic data that would be generated by the commission was basically for development, planning, and driving of decisions that concerned the population.
The NPC commissioner maintained that the postponement of the census was not a setback but to enable the commission deliver its mandate effectively stressing that it was better for the new administration to be fully in charge of the exercise.