President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja stated deployment of digital expertise within the 2023 Nationwide Inhabitants and Housing Census was guarantee effectiveness and extra accuracy within the figures, whereas noting that Nigeria might rank third largest on the earth by 2050, after China and India.
Talking on the nationwide stakeholders’ summit on the 2023 Inhabitants and Housing Census held on the State Home, the President stated a “dependable, credible, acceptable and profitable census’’ would assist authorities in planning objective for growth, particularly in bolstering the social safety programme that targets extra weak Nigerians.
“The nation’s lack of ability to conduct a inhabitants census within the final 16 years has created an data vacuum as the info from the final census performed in 2006 has been rendered outdated for planning functions. It has subsequently change into crucial for the nation to conduct one other nationwide census to provide a brand new set of demographic and socio-economic knowledge that can present the idea for nationwide planning and sustainable growth.
“Inhabitants is a crucial consider a nation’s efforts towards attaining sustainable growth. Individuals are each the brokers and beneficiaries of the event course of. Data of the nationwide inhabitants by way of measurement, distribution and socio-economic traits is required for planning functions. This, subsequently, makes the conduct of census an important governance exercise.
“With a projected inhabitants of 216,783,381, Nigeria is the sixth most populous nation on the earth and probably the most populous nation on the African continent.
“Because of the quickly rising nature of the inhabitants and huge proportion of the youthful inhabitants, Nigeria can be projected to be the third most populous nation within the World by the yr 2050 after India and China,’’ he stated.
Regardless of Nigeria’s high-ranking place on the worldwide demographic map, the President stated its inhabitants censuses had been performed irregularly and at intervals, longer than the United Nations beneficial 10 years.
“This irregular and lengthy interval of census taking in Nigeria, has denied the nation the massive advantages of complete baseline knowledge for evidence-based decision-making.
“Since our assumption of workplace in 2015, our administration has launched a number of poverty discount and youth empowerment programmes, that are making concrete enhancements within the residing requirements of our folks.
“There’s a want to make sure that additional implementation of those programmes can be pushed by the 2023 Census knowledge that can enhance the implementation of programmes concentrating on weak populations and making certain as widespread protection as attainable.
“The nation requires a brand new knowledge set to drive the implementation of the just lately launched revised Nationwide Coverage on Inhabitants for Sustainable Improvement and different authorities insurance policies.
“The 2023 Census knowledge can be wanted to sort out the safety challenges bedevilling the nation as it’s going to give an outline of the inhabitants, the place we’re and who we’re,’’ he stated.
The President referred to as for help of stakeholders, which embrace state governments, native authorities councils, conventional and non secular establishments, civil society organisations, non-public sectors, media, Improvement Companions, Donor Companies and the overall populace for the profitable conduct of the 2023 Census.
“Ordinarily, conducting a inhabitants census is a routine nationwide occasion that’s the final accountability of each nationwide authorities. Census taking can’t be left to the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee alone,’’ he stated.
The President stated the federal authorities would recognize all help from donors, growth companions and the worldwide neighborhood with a purpose to make sure that the fee conducts a census that will be clear, credible and meet nationwide and worldwide customary.
“Our administration is satisfied that the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee has the dedication and capability to ship to the nation a dependable, credible, acceptable and profitable census.
“We’re additionally glad with the deployment of expertise by the Fee to make sure the conduct of the primary absolutely digital census in Nigeria because the census methodology will improve the info high quality, encourage the boldness of the Nigerian folks and acceptability of the census outcomes.’’
The President stated the summit would additional strengthen collaboration and solicit the cooperation and help of key stakeholders for the profitable conduct of the 2023 census, whereas appreciating the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee for organising the summit and wishing all Nigerians a peaceable and profitable conduct of the census.
“The simply concluded Trial Census, during which my family was enumerated in my hometown, Daura, Katsina State has renewed our hope and confidence within the capability of the fee to ship the 2023 census. The end result of the preparatory actions for the principle census is reassuring that the fee is progressing in the precise course,’’ he stated.
He stated figuring out Nigeria’s inhabitants and utilizing the info to plan for the folks and future generations stay a collective obligation owed the nation.
“We should all resolve that this obligation is satisfactorily carried out within the agency perception that what has joined us collectively as a nation and our frequent future are far stronger than the adverse forces that are likely to drive us aside,’’ he stated.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Particular Adviser to the President, Dr Habiba Muda Lawal, stated the nation had a inhabitants development charge of two.3 %, and would doubtless be the third most populated nation on the earth by 2050.
She stated the 2023 Census can be the primary absolutely digital inhabitants and housing documentation and the end result can be helpful for planning and budgetary allocations.
Additionally talking, the chairman of Nigerian Governor’s Discussion board and Governor of Ekiti state, John Kayode Fayemi, represented by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state recommended the President for taking the daring step, including that the figures would assist in nationwide and sub-national planning, notably for schooling and well being care.
Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, stated President Buhari had as soon as once more confirmed that that he would depart a formidable legacy for the nation.
“This administration has confirmed that issues can work on this nation. We’ve got seen it within the elections, that polls may be held with out rigging. And we’re completely happy to see NPC and INEC working collectively for a greater Nigeria.
“We’d not see the impression of a few of the selections taken, however actually sooner or later we are going to see it, at the least for the primary time our houses will now be coded,’’ he stated.
Chairman of the NPC, Nasir Isa Kwarra, thanked the President for the approval for the 2023 Census in April, after the overall elections, assuring that the fee will work arduous to make it “credible and acceptable’’.