The National Population Census, NPC has announced the new population figure of Nigeria, the board which made the announcement, today 8 of December, 2020 by the director of the board, Kwarra, he announced that Nigeria just hit 206 million people, according to him this is still an estimation not yet technical confirm through census counting.
As we may know, the Nigeria census is long overdue, which has attracted a large outcry by many individual and economist as census is important in our national data planning, with census Nigeria will be able to know the numbers of her citizens and know how to plan for them economically and socially. As it is the last census was done on 2006 and during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasenoj, since then the nation has been lacking data to plan for her citizen.
According to the NPC boss, he said President Muhammadu Buhari had the sole right to announce the next census. Kwarra, however, said he was confident that Buhari would do the needful soon.While announcing the commencement of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise, Kwarra said about 260 local government areas out of the 774 in the country had been fully demarcated.
He stated that the 11th phase of the exercise would begin on December 9, 2020, and end on January 20, 2021. The NPC chairman said, “Planning for the census is anchored on the EAD as the basis for estimating both the human and material resources required for the census. In essence, the success of a credible and accurate census depends very much on the quality and reliability of the EAD.”
Kwarra explained that the EAD exercise is not the enumeration of persons living in the country but a preparatory exercise before the census.
He said the NPC would be assisting the Independent National Electoral Commission to create digitized maps of INEC registration areas for the first time as part of the EAD. He said this collaboration would positively affect future elections.
The NPC chairman further stated, “It is essential to say that the latest technology is being deployed for this EAD exercise, including the use of very high-resolution satellite imageries as the base map, the use of GPS for georeferencing and the use of GIS for data management.
“Also, personal data assistants (handheld devices/tablets) that include computer software for population estimation are being used for data capture.”