Skip to content Skip to sidebar Skip to footer

Obasanjo To NPC: Conduct Accurate, Credible Census Next Year

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to create accurate, credible and acceptable data with the forthcoming 2023 Census.

He said such document would assist the country in planning and formulating policies.

Obasanjo made the call during a courtesy visit by the NPC Executive Chairman Nasir Kwarra, who came alongside with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative in Nigeria and other officials of the commission at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta.

According to him, if a credible and accurate census is achieved by the NPC, it will help the nation in planning better and formulate policies that will aid the development of the country.

He, however, recalled the last census conducted in 2006 during his administration, to be first in history to be conducted without conflicts, acrimony and contention.

He stressed that Nigeria had failed to make adequate use of the results of census previously conducted in country.

Obasanjo said: “We are running away from making use of our census, the same way we are running from religion and ethnicity.

“The census should lead to real demarcation of constituencies which we have run away from since 2006

“Census figures that we do not use for planning, for real demarcation and all that is not serving a useful purpose; it is a waste of money; I believe we should get this right, so that we will be able to know where we are today.

“I don’t know how long we will keep running away from census, and we keep deceiving and lying to ourselves, by running away from the truth we must face and deal with it.”

Kwarra in his remark commended Obasanjo for conducting a successful census and for giving the commission the solid platform to continue.

He said the aim of the Commission’s visit to Ogun was to monitor the conduct of the trial census in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area as one of the six areas selected for full enumeration across the country.

According to him, 7,718 enumeration areas had been selected for the trial census to test run the suitability and readiness for the actual census in 2023, noting that six local government areas would be fully enumerated during the trial.

“The six local government areas that will be fully enumerated are Toungo Local Government Area, Adamawa State (Northeast); Daura Local Government Area, Katsina State (Northwest); Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State (Northcentral).

Others are: “Imeko-Afon Local Government Area, “Ogun State (Southwest); Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State (Southeast) and Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State (Southsouth).”

What's your reaction?
0Love It!0Do Better!
Show CommentsClose Comments

Leave a comment

This Pop-up Is Included in the Theme
Best Choice for Creatives

Purchase Now