The Commissioner in charge of Bayelsa State at the National Population Commission (NPC), Mrs Gloria Izonfuo has urged people of the state to support the commission in the upcoming digital update exercise phase 16 in the nationwide Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD).
She made the appeal in Yenagoa on Thursday, July 22, during a stakeholders advocacy meeting with people of Ogbia Local Government Area in, saying it was part of the NPC’s support to communities ahead of updating the EAD.
Addressing the issue of the creation of local government and ward boundaries, the NPC commissioner explained that these were outside the mandate of the commission.
She said they were only working with the state map and that of the local governments to execute the project at hand.
Mrs. Izonfuo further explained that if they were to encounter any dispute within or outside the local government, appeals are made to the warring factions and demarcations are made.
According to her, if the issues are not solved quickly the commission may be forced to list them as undemarcated areas and move on to other areas.
The NPC Commissioner also used the opportunity to educate people on registration of births and deaths, noting that it has had some challenges at the local government councils which is similar to happenings in the South- South.
Mrs. Izonfuo also noted that six registration points exist in Ogbia Local Government Area and the registration points are mainly in health centres and are not enough to service the council area.
She expressed gratitude to former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for his contribution towards the success of the commission, bringing them to the level they are right now.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga, who responded on behalf of the Ogbia people thanked the National Population Commission for the enlightenment.
He said the people will put the information to good use as they await the commencement of the EAD.