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NPC Seeks Jonathan’s Approval to Conduct 2016 Census

NPC Seeks Jonathan’s Approval to Conduct 2016 Census
National Population Commission Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN)

The National Population Commission on Monday sought President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval for it to conduct the 2016 census.

The commission’s Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), disclosed this to State House correspondents after leading other members of the board to a closed-door meeting with Jonathan inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Duruiheoma said although there ought to be a general census in 2016 since the last one was conducted in 2006, preparations for the exercise could not start until there was a presidential proclamation on the matter.

He said the purpose of his team’s meeting with Jonathan was to seek and secure the needed presidential proclamation so that the commission could start work.

He said, “The last census was in 2006, so in 2016 there ought to be another exercise, so we have come to tell Mr. President about that because we cannot commence until he says go ahead and the go-ahead is by way of a proclamation.

“Our mission here is to seek Mr. President’s proclamation on the matter, to tell us to go ahead with the exercise so that we can hit the ground running.”

The NPC boss however said the team could not secure the proclamation at the meeting but expressed the hope that it would be done in a matter of days.

Duruiheoma made a case for continued enlightenment of Nigerians on the purpose of census as a way of curbing the controversies that always trail the exercise in the country.

He described revenue sharing and representation in the National Assembly as ephemeral, saying the purpose of census was more than the aforementioned factors.

“Some people see it (census) most often in terms of revenue, which is an ephemeral thing.

“Yes revenue, which is a very transient thing and maybe representation in the National Assembly but these things are not as important as providing credible data that can aid development over time.

“If you look at the problems confronting us as a nation today, all of them derive from a single fact that we lack data and because we lack data, we don’t plan. So that is what I think we should be looking at.

“As far as I am concerned, it is only bragging, that we are currently doing, with some people saying they are more in number than others but those things are not important,” he added.

The NPC boss promised that the commission members would swear on their integrity that they would do their best to ensure a credible census.

He said since everybody in the commission was new, they were not part of what might have gone wrong in the past.

Source - The Punch

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