Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, has asked the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure that the proposed 2023 national population and housing census exercise is credible.
Abiodun cautions the commission against repeating the lapses observed in the 2006 census exercise, when people were counted by proxy, without the enumerators confirming the information given to them.
The governor speaking while receiving the NPC chairman, Ali Kwarra at the governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta on Monday, wants accurate population enumeration.
According to the governor, accurate enumeration would form the basis for equitable management and distribution of finances and resources in the country.
The governor said he had already mobilized traditional rulers, community development associations and civil society groups for the exercise.
He promised that his administration would if needed support the commission with financial and human resources for the conduct of the exercise.
The NPC chairman told the governor that the ongoing trial census exercise will hold in one local government area in each of the six geo-political areas.
According to Kwarra, Imeko Afon in Ogun state is chosen as the local government area for the exercise in the south west region.