Naomi Gabriel —
The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC), Ekiti State, Ayodeji Ajayi yesterday said the outcome of the 2023 national housing and population census will rewrite the history of censuses in Nigeria.
He made this assertion in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.
Speaking at the “State Compendium of Localities Workshop”, organised by the Commission to finalize and present to the grassroots, the final list of localities for the 2023 Population and Housing Census, Ajayi, a former Head of Service in the state assured Nigerians that NPC was, “irrevocably committed to positively rewrite history of censuses in the country with the coming exercise”.
While revealing that the objectives of the workshop was to compile all the localities demarcated on local government area basis, showing the coverage and location on interactive maps, he added that the compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data dissemination, as well as for national development.
“As such, this means the 2023 census results will be released, up to the lowest level of the census entities across the country, which can be as small as a camp”, Ajayi said.
He, however, said that more of such localities do not translate to mean higher population for any council area.
“Please note that in such circumstances, they are just means to enable us, as a commission, to join disparate data, to ease census and for easy interpretation”, he stated.
He said that the compendium of locality would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari before 2023 population exercise, as the gazetteer of place names for the country.
The commissioner assured the people that the exercise would deliver to Nigerians, an accurate, reliable and acceptable census that would be purposefully relevant in the drive toward sustainable national development.
Ajayi, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to give the country a dependable data, through the coming census.