…As Senate confirms NPC nominees
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that Nigeria is long overdue for another population census, without which proper planning cannot be achieved.
Lawan stated this on Thursday in his concluding remarks after the Senate confirmed 12 nominees as chairman and commissioners of the National Population Commission, NPC.
The Senate president recalled that the last population census carried out by the country was in 2006, making Nigeria overdue for another exercise which ought to be undertaken at the end of ten years.
“A population census is supposed to be undertaken every ten years. We need to know how many we are exactly, and that is what will aid us in planning our country,” he said.
The confirmation of the nominees followed consideration of a report by the Committee on National Identity and National Population.
In his presentation, chairman of the committee, Senator Saidu Alkali, stated that the appointment of the nominees satisfied the requirement of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
According to him, the nominees “demonstrated sufficient knowledge of Nigerian demography, Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, census, data collection and analysis.”
The confirmed nominees are Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra (Nasarawa State) as chairman; Ibrahim Mohammed (Bauchi); Ajayi Ayodeji Sunday (Ekiti); Hon. Joseph K. Shazin (FCT); Garba A.G. Zakar (Jigawa), and Hon. Engr. Bala Banye (Katsina).
Others are Gidado Razak Folorunso from Kwara State; Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin (Lagos); Ali Silas Agara (Nasarawa); Mohammed Chiso Abdullahi Dattijo (Sokoto); Mai Aliyu Muhammad (Yobe), and Muhammad Muttaka Rini (Zamfara).