The National Population Commission (NPC) has sought the support of the Nigeria Police Force in conducting a credible census in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Commission, Honorable Nasir Isa Kwarra made the appeal, when he led the officials of the Commission on a courtesy visit to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and were received by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Stating the purpose of his visit, Honorable Kwarra said he was at the Force Headquarters as part of the Commission’s engagement with major stakeholders in the conduct of a seamless census exercise and to create awareness of the forthcoming National Population and Housing Census slated for 2023.
“This visit is part of the Commission’s strategic engagements and collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the Trial Census and the 2023 Population and Housing Census”, Kwarra said.
He noted that the Census will unearth the demographic data needed to address the security challenges bedeviling the nation. This, he said was in line with the vision of the Commission.
Hon. kwarra stated further that the Commission aspires to meet the data needs of all end-users and ensure a robust and quality population for national transformation and global competitiveness. He lauded officers of the NPF for their effort in the ongoing campaign against security challenges in the country.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations, Bala Zama Senchi, in his response, noted that adequate census data was essential for planning the socio-economic development of the country. He added that the NPF will not hesitate in providing security for government agencies to enable them to perform their national obligations.
Present at the event were the Commissioner of Police, Operations, CP Dominic Effiong and members of the NPC delegation comprising Honourable Federal Commissioners and top management staff of the Commission.