The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has said its committed to support the Nigerian government carry out a successful national population and housing census for international standards.
Recall that Nigeria held her last census in 2006, but recently there have been talks by the federal government and N178.09 billion has been earmarked for the national population and housing census in the 2022 budget.
The Resident Representative of (UNFPA) in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Elisabeth Mueller, discloses this when she led the management members on a courtesy visit to National Population Commission (NPC) headquarter, in Abuja.
She said: “I’m honored and humbled by the fact that you have invited me into this work. And as the representative of UNFPA, I am pledging our full commitment and support to you and I know our executive director was recently in-country, and she is going to ensure that we get the support we need and Nigeria’s success is important to UNFPA”.
While receiving the UNFPA terms, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra, said that as part of our mandate, the commission is ready to conduct successful and creditable census by early 2022.
In her remarks, the chief population and development branch technical division in UNFPA, Rachel Snow, said: “We have a tremendous commitment to stand with Nigeria. These modern censuses that are about to happen this time around, it is the backbone of rebuilding the entire population system in a country.
“Don’t underestimate what this census can be, it would be referenced census, so start thinking of a platform which disseminates information and shared, also set up every local area to have the kind of data for overall development.
“It is going to be where Nigeria can evaluate the quality of its Civil Registration System (CRS). The data that is going to happen in the Nigeria census, is the absolute beginning.
“We stand with you. You have a new CPA, you have the best UNFPA can bring to Nigeria and we will bring in people from other countries talk will come back and forth. We will do all we can to make sure this is successful,” she said.