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Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has urged residents of the state to be partisan in the forthcoming 2023 national population census.
Abiodun noted that the census will usher in a new strategy for economic and development plannings in the country.
Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, spoke on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ summit on the 2023 population and housing census organised by the National Population Commission.
Salako-Oyedele, speaking on the theme, “2023 census – Getting People Involved”, stressed that the people’s participation in the exercise will go a long way to its success.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Salako-Oyedele added that the census will enable government in planning for provision of infrastructural facilities in the state.
She said, “In order to ensure that the indices on population, economic planning, including but not limited to housing are realistic, no efforts should be spare in ensuring optimum conduct in our country.
“Population data is critical to development planning and any government desirous of achieving development strides, needs to know how many people require basic amenities such as power, water, schools, health facilities and education.”
She added, “No country relies solely on it estimated population because such estimate might not be a demographically correct data which are needed for national planning purposes.”
Earlier in her presentation, the NPC Honourable Federal Commissioner for Ogun State, Seyi Aderinokun said the summit was to create awareness ahead of the population exercise.
Aderinokun however appealed to residents be partisan in the exercise, noting that it is important for the country’s development plans.
She further said, “The objectives are; to create public awareness for the 2023 census, including its imperatives, methodology and the timeline; to promote robust and a full conversation on the process and procedures on the 2023 census; to solicit the cooporation and support of state level stakeholders for the 2023 census and to provide a platform to offer clarification and seek suggestions on salient issues and concerns related to the conduct of 2023 population and housing census.
“The goal is to ensure that both are acceptable and credible, hence, the need for engagement with the stakeholders to get their feedback on the instrument and process.
“I wish to, therefore, appeal to you all to join the commission in a bid to give our dear state a reliable demographic data through the forthcoming 2023 census”, she said.
Also speaking, Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Kunle Oluomo, represented by the deputy speaker, Hon. Hakeem Balogun enjoyed residents in the state to be “census ambassadors”.
Balogun said, “The Honourable Speaker enjoy us all to be census ambassadors in their various communities, so that at the end of census come 2023, Nigeria will be able to have accurate and verifiable census in the country that will be useful for us as a nation and to other international countries.”
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