Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has inaugurated two committees to synergise with the National Population Commission (NPC) on the forthcoming national population census exercise.
Governor Diri, who inaugurated the committees in Government House, Yenagoa, described population census as a critical ingredient for development hence the need for the government to plan towards a hitch-free exercise in the state.
He said while a new date is expected from the NPC for the conduct of the exercise, government would leave no stone unturned to get the exact population of the state.
The Publicity/Mobilisation Committee, which has the Secretary to the State Government, Alabo Gideon Ekeuwei, as chairman and the Logistics/Security Committee with the Chief Security Co-ordinator of the State Community Safety Corps, retired Brigadier-General Eric Angaye as chairman.
Other members of the Publicity/Mobilization Committee are the Commissioners for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Youth and Sports, Information, Orientation and Strategy, and their Women, Children and Social Development counterpart.
Also in the committee are the Commissioners for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Special Duties for the three senatorial districts as well as the chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council and the Chief Historian and Archivist.
The committee on Logistics/Security also has the Commissioners for Transport, Special Duties East, West and Central senatorial districts and the Special Advisers on Security Matters.
Also in the committee are the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Commander, 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the Commander, Nigeria Naval Ship (NNS) Soroh.
Others are the State Director, Department of State Services, all Police Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and all Heads of Local Government.
Responding on behalf of the committees, the Secretary to the State Government, Alabo Ekeuwei, pledged their support, commitment and cooperation in ensuring that the census exercise in the stated was properly conducted.