BY OBUTE JAMES
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday October 18 called called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a proclamation for holding of a national population and housing census in 2018.
The motion for the proclamation for the census was moved by Senator Sulaiman Hunkuyi, Chairman Senate Committee on National Identify and National Population.
The Senate which adopted the Hunkuyi’s motion also called on the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, National Population Commission, Ministry for Budget Planning and other supervising agencies to make adequate preparation in the 2018 budget as a critical prerequisite to achieving 2017/2018 population census.
Hunkuyi in the motion noted the importance of census in the life of any nation in its socio-economic and development planning.
“It is in realization of these objectives that the United Nations Organization, UNO has recommended that census be conducted every ten years,” Hunkuyi said.
Hunkuyi noted that “Aware that the last population census was conducted in 2006, precisely 10 years ago, hence to stress the need for conducting another exercise in tune with the United Nations Organization, should have been effected this year, 2016 which has come to an end.
Hunkuyi said lack of poor cash backing despite fund appropriated in 2013, 2014, and 2015 by National Assembly was responsible for the failure of the exercise in 2016.