Towards a successful population census in Nigeria, the National Population Commission (NPC), Ogun State, in pursuant of its constitutional mandate of Section 24(a) of the third schedule of 1999 constitution, has taken the eighth phase of its sample surveys to Abeokuta North Local Government Area.
Addressing participants at the flag-off for Enumeration Area Demarcation, (EAD), at Akomoje, Abeokuta, the Commissioner, NPC, Ogun State, Yeye Oluseyi Aderinokun, said the exercise was billed to take place in 28 states of the country and Abeokuta North Local Government has been selected from Ogun State, while Abeokuta South, Ijebu-Ode, and Yewa South had been demarcated in the previous exercise.
Represented by the State Director of NPC, Mr. Gbolahan Olude, Aderinokun said the EAD involves the division of the country into smaller geographical units, for easy coverage during the population census, calling on traditional rulers, community leaders and the general public to support the enumerators towards a successful exercise.
“It is our conviction that the EAD, being a people oriented activity cannot be successfully executed without the invaluable contributions of everybody, the Commission therefore requires the support of the Traditional rulers, Community Development Associations, the general public and indeed Abeokuta North Local Government Council for the smooth implementation of the exercise”, she said.
Welcoming participants to the event, the NPC Controller in Abeokuta North Local Government, Mrs. Abosede Otusanya noted that, no nation can enjoy meaningful planning or development without appropriate demographic data of its citizens, hence the need to demarcate the country into geographical units, in preparation for national census exercise.
She disclosed that NPC officials will work alongside the enumerators during the EAD, to issue birth certificates to children from zero to five years old, who had not been duly registered with the Commission.
Also speaking, the Electoral Officer, Abeokuta North Local Government, said INEC officials would also work with the enumerators, to ensure that each ward and geographical demarcations are well covered.
Responding, the Olu of Ilupeju Oke-Odo, Oba Mufutau Adisa Akindele charged government at all levels to provide adequate security and other necessities for a hitch- free exercise, saying traditional rulers and community leaders are handicapped without their generous support.
The exercise which commenced on Monday July 1, 2019, with a training of the enumerators is expected to end on July 23, 2019.