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‘Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation’ Says Obasanjo

'Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation' Says Obasanjo

‘Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation’ Says Obasanjo

‘Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation’ Says Obasanjo

The National Population Commission has been tasked by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to make sure that the 2023 census results in a true demarcation of Nigerian constituencies.

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The results of the upcoming census must be used wisely by the government in developing policies and making future plans, according to Obasanjo.

When the Executive Chairman of the NPC, Nasir Kwarra, led a group of state commissioners of the body on a courtesy call to Obasanjo at his residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday, the former President presided.

He urged the NPC to conduct a credible, reliable, and acceptable census in 2023.

‘Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation’ Says Obasanjo

Kwarra, who was accompanied by the country representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Mueller, is in Ogun State with his team to monitor the ongoing trial census in the Imeko Afon local government area of the state as part of the preparation for the 2023 general census.

Obasanjo lamented that Nigeria has failed to make adequate use of the results of the census previously conducted in the country.

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Obasanjo said, “What use do we make of census when we have got it? We are still running away the same way we are running away from religion and the same way we are running away from ethnicity, we are running away from making use of our census.

“Census figure 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 and I hope that we will be able to do this right and I pray that God will help you that you will be able to get it right.

‘Census must lead to real constituencies’ demarcation’ Says Obasanjo

“The census should lead on to real demarcation of constituencies which we have run away from since 2006. Again, I don’t know how long we will run away from it for. And we keep deceiving ourselves and lying to ourselves and running away from the truth, we must face the truth and deal with it.”

In his remarks, the NPC chairman commended Obasanjo for conducting what he described as rancor-free census in 2006 during his administration.

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Kwarra told Obasanjo that the commission had successfully completed pre-census activities in readiness for the general census.

Kwarra, who had earlier paid similar visits to Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, said, “I’m glad to inform you that despite the security challenges confronting this country, we are carrying on with our activities so that we can provide for this country the much-needed data for planning for our development.”


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