BY OLORUNFERANMI ODOFIN
Nigeria may risk being out of census trend among the international committee of Nations if the country fails to complete this year’s census without further delay
The Federal commissioner, National Population Commission, NPC in Ondo State, Dr Oladiran Iyantan gave the caution at a breakfast meeting with the state media executives on 2023 population and housing census held in Akure
Dr Iyantan described the last census held over seventeen years ago as obsolete with outdated data that could no longer be relied upon for effective planning and policy making .
Dr Iyantan explained that the hanging census had attained 80 percent stage hence the need for its timely completion to save cost.
Aside from about 8000 personal digital assistants delivered to Ondo State, the NPC federal commissioner also hinted that the commission had done recruitment, configuration, enumeration, demarcation among others
In a remark, the NPC State Director, Mr Oluyemi Falusi appreciated the media in Ondo state for making their platforms available for the commission
In attendance were various media managers including the State’s Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Prince Leke Adegbite who expressed journalists’ readiness to support NPC but enjoined the Commission to reciprocate by providing newsmen with required information for balanced reports.