The National Population Commission DG explained that the urgency of a census had positive implications for national security.

The National Population Commission has estimated that the population of the country is about 190 million.

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The Director-General of the commission, Dr Ghaji Ismail, who spoke at a
press conference  on Tuesday, said it was imperative to conduct another
census as soon as possible.

Ismail said, “Based on data available to us, the present population
is about 190 million. About three months ago, the United National
Population Fund brought out a figure of 201 million. The UN figure is a
function of the assumptions  we both  made.

“You have to use models to arrive at the figures you are projecting. The
margin of error is very small. It is more imperative that the
government should undertake another census.

“It strengthens our case that we should have undertaken another census.
The last one was in 2006 and we should have had another in 2016 in line
with the 10-year global requirement.”

The NPC DG explained that the urgency of a census had positive implications for national security.

He added, “In  the last three or  four years, we have been preparing
and there is a process which gives us a lot of hope that this will soon
be addressed.

“We have been groping in the dark in terms of dealing with Boko Haram 
and other forms of insecurity but we are sure that the government will
move swiftly.”

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