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Stop Guessing Population Figures, Conduct Census ―Reps Member Tasks FG

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Member Representing Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Honourable Idirissu Lawal has called on the Federal Government to take an urgent step towards the conduct of a verifiable population census in Nigeria, latest by next year. Hon. Lawal who is the House Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, said it is foolhardy for the country to continue to guess its population; a development that has hampered proper planing and put a negative toga on the country.

Lawal who spoke on the sideline of a bill to amend the National Population Commission which has passed second reading being sponsored by him said he believes that President Muhammadu Buhari will be interested in conducting a census. He said the best way to set Nigeria back on the path of recovery; especially one dealt a bad blow by the coronavirus pandemic, is to secured authentic and verifiable records of its population through a validly conducted population census.

To this end, the Federal Lawmaker urged the Federal Government to immediately commenced preparation for the conduct of a comprehensive national census before the end of 2021, saying the exercise was long overdue.

According to him “It is extremely important to conduct a new national census, the last one conducted was in 2006. 14 years is too long a time for such exercise. And it does not augur well for us as a country to rely solely on projections by foreign bodies on her population figures for planning.

“Population census is an important national assignment because its figures are critical for national planning. The lack of accurate data on the population of Nigeria has been affecting national planning and development at all levels.

“The Federal Government should come up with a comprehensive timetable for the conduct of the census. “Most countries around the world who know the importance of census carried out their census every ten – ten years. Without a census, and an accurate data of the number of people in a given country, no government can provide adequately for its citizens”.

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