President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan says Nigeria is long overdue for another population census with effective planning.
Lawan stated this on Thursday in his concluding remarks after the Senate confirmed (12) nominees as Chairman and Commissioners of the National Population Commission.
The Senate President recalled that the last population census carried out by the country was in 2006, making Nigeria overdue for another exercise which ought to be undertaken at the end of ten years.
Earlier, the Senate confirmed the nominations of the Chairman and Commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC).
The confirmation of the nominees followed consideration of a report by the Committee on National Identity and National Population.
In his presentation, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Saidu Alkali, stated that the appointment of the nominees satisfied the requirement of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
According to him, the nominees “demonstrated sufficient knowledge of Nigerian demography, Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), Census, Data collection and Analysis”.