2006 census would have helped Nigeria, if …- Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

The former President says Lagos State was wrong to have disputed census figures.

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, said, on Saturday, that the last national census, conducted in 2006, would have led to national development if its result had been well utilised.

He made this observation in his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State, when the Federal Commissioner for Ogun State, National Population Commission (NPC), Oluseyi Aderinolu-Olusanya, paid him a courtesy visit.

“The last census in the country was the most credible which could have helped the nation to grow,” the former president stated. “But unfortunately it was not well used.”

Mr. Obasanjo said census is important for the development of any nation, as it aids national planning. He condemned the rejection of the census figures by the Lagos State Government describing the state’s action as “playing politics.”

He advised the management of National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure that the 2016 census is not only credible, but well accepted.

Earlier in her speech, Mrs. Aderinolu-Olusanya assured that the next census will be a success.

She promised to be a good ambassador for the state at the commission, expressing optimism that the 2016 census will pave way for the relevance of census in next 20 years.

The commissioner also encouraged more women professionals to go into politics in order to help change the face of politics in the country.

Mrs. Aderinolu-Olusanya, a veteran broadcaster, who retired from Nigeria Television Authority, said she came on the visit to tap from Mr. Obasanjo’s wisdom. She promised to always discharge her duties without fear or favour.


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