The chairman of National Population Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra has called on the Nigerian Statistical Association to be an advocate and ambassador for the successful conduct of the 2022 Population and Housing Census.
Hon. Nasir Kwarra stated this when he received a delegation led by the National President of Nigerian Statistical Association, Dr. Ebuh Godday at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
NPC Chairman noted that the Commission will partner with the Statistical Association on the forthcoming census to generate useful data to plan for the socio-economic development of the country. “It is my hope that this visit will mark the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship and partnership between the Commission and the Statistical Association of Nigeria. Your visit is very timely as the Commission has intensified its efforts towards the conduct of the next Population and Housing Census with the completion of EAD in 772 LGAs out of the 774 LGAs in all the States of the Federation and the FCT” he said.
Kwarra added that the Commission has carried out 1st and 2nd Census Pretest exercises in some selected Local Government in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT to test the census methodology and instruments. He observed that the Commission is in the final process of the preparatory activities for the 2022 census and awaits the Presidential proclamation for the next census anytime soon.
NPC boss appreciated the Association for the visit and recognizing the progress of the Commission, adding that it is the duty of the Commission to provide robust and accurate data for Nigerians with the use of modern technology. The Chairman then reassured the delegation that the Commission will register with the Association as a corporate member as well as encourage members and staff of the Commission to also register as individual members in response to request made by NSA National President.
The National President of the Association, Dr. Ebuh Godday while speaking earlier, stated that the purpose of their visit is to partner with National Population Commission to make the works of the Commission easier. “We are here because we are partner in progress. As a body of professionals, we will carry out statistical advocacy and contribute to national statistical system to enhance the integrity of NPC data.”
However, Dr. Godday commended NPC Chairman for the giant strides he has achieved within short period in office and for boosting the morale of the staff for efficient service delivery ahead of the next census. He therefore, requested the Commission to partner with the Association in its activities to generate quality and credible data.
Thereafter, the Honourable Federal Commissioner representing Adamawa State in the Commission stressed that he hopes that the partnership contributes to the upcoming census.