Christian, Muslim group pledge support for 2023 census exercise
The College of Bishops and Imams Council has promised to propel the believers to actively partake in the forthcoming national census exercise noting that the exercise is meant for the proper planning and development of the nation.
Leadership reported that the Convener of the council, Bishop Abel King made this pledge in a statement.
He hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the conduct of the census stating that as a religious organisation it will organize a rally/prayer session at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Friday for a credible and successful exercise.
The group also urged all government agencies and other well-meaning groups and organisations to coordinate Nigerians to actively participate in the census exercise.
“It is imperative for government agencies particularly the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to beef up advocacy for the census in order to complement the good work of the commission.
“As clergy men and women, we are connected to the people and it is our duty to extend advocacy to our members to participate actively in the forthcoming census to achieve a credible census exercise desired for the proper planning and development of the people whom we serve.
“In view of this, the college is holding a one-day joint prayer rally to pray for the success of the forthcoming census exercise. Accordingly, Friday April 7 has been slated by the council for the joint prayer rally at the unity fountain Abuja,” the statement stated.
The organization commended the National Population Commission for their effort to make national census exercise a reality, noting that as it was organized at this time to collate proper data it would aid planning and research as well as accountable utilisation of resources.