The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPOPC) for Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Salu-Hundeyin, has disclosed that Nigeria’s population can only be managed if a propel census is carried out.
The Federal commissioner insist that Nigeria will continue to be backward developmentally if a proper census is not carried out.
“Because without accurate data, no government can manage the people and government must have data to know how many children are being born, how many schools will be needed, how many hospitals, how many workforce are in town.
“This is how to manage a nation successfully; the rate at which we are going, it is a tough job for anybody to manage this country wihout a census,” she said.
She said that the Census Act and the Constitution has would not allow NPOPC conduct census every 10 years as obtained in other countries.
“We have written to the federal government and we are showing our preparedness by the EAD, the birth registration and other things that we do.
“But until government gives a proclamation, we can not hold a census and it is over 10 years now because the last census was in 2006.
“”Until it becomes a law like the election, we can not impose it on the federal government; right now Nigeria is overdue for census,” she said.
According to her EAD is a pre-censors activity and a foundation on which the census stand, which is carried out to obtain data at desegregated level.
“Therefore, the EAD is a passport to sustainable development and censors is the visa to modern livability of any nation.
“So people must show interest and cooperate with us and that is why we are going around on advocacy to let our people know that the EAD is as crucial as the census.
“Also, while the EAD is going on, we also do what is called continuous birth registration of every child who are below the age of five for free.
“By doing so, we are trying to ensure that we at least have accurate data of people in the country, particularly Lagos State,” she said.
Salu-Hundeyin said that the commission had covered five local government areas in Lagos and would be covering other area as the EAD proceeds.