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Deputy Speaker Tasks NPC on Accurate Census

Benjamin Kalu, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has emphasized the importance of accuracy in Nigeria’s population statistics during a meeting with newly inaugurated commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC).

Kalu stressed that obtaining precise population figures is crucial for effective economic planning and equitable distribution of infrastructure across the nation. He criticized the reliance on estimations and urged for a change in this practice.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu’s remarks were made during an inauguration dinner for Chief Emmanuel Trump Eke, the federal commissioner representing Abia State on the NPC Board. Eke was among the 17 appointees recently inaugurated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Kalu said: “The charge to you people as commissioners, to be honest, we don’t know our number in Nigeria.

“We cannot keep claiming we are the giant of Africa when we don’t have an accurate statistics of our actual number as a nation.

“It’s embarrassing. Each time they ask you of your population, you said about. When are we going to drop this “about”, that descriptive thing to our number? You people should make it exact.

“When we call Ogun State, you tell us the number. We call Abia, you tell us. Total number in the South East, you give us. Total in the South West, North West, South South, etc, you give us so that we can plan because economic planning without actual knowledge of the population is a waste of time.

“Because you might plan for a few and the infrastructure will be overused by the much you did not capture.”

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