Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has called on landlords and owners of properties in the state to cooperate with enumerators from the Bayelsa Geographical Information System as they go round the state capital for the enumeration exercise.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo stated this during the official flag-off ceremony of the building and property Enumeration exercise by the BGIS at Transparency Building Yenagoa.
The Deputy Governor, represented by the commissioner of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Esau Andrew advised them not to see the enumerators as tax collectors, emphasized the importance of planning in development of a state and said the exercise is long overdue in the state.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo said through the expected data from the exercise, government can plan where to cite hospitals, markets, industries, ascertain where is densely populated and commended BGIS as well as all the actors for coming up with the initiative.
He also urged the enumerators to take the assignment seriously as Government is ready to give assistance where necessary.
Earlier, Managing Director of the Bayelsa Geographical Information System BGIS, Mr. Igo Assembly-Goin in a remark said it is an assessment exercise aimed at providing accurate information for Government to plan for consistent development with the Urban Renewal drive of the prosperity administration.
Mr. Igo also appealed to owners of land and property not to antagonize enumerators as their operations are geared towards collecting data to help government plan for the good of Yenagoa city and its environs.
He called on enumerators to show character and do the needful for the good of the state and appreciated Governor Douye Diri for the approval and support while assuring of a successful enumeration exercise.