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Kastina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has asserted that previous censuses conducted in Nigeria have been wrongly politicised and that should not be allowed to repeat itself.
Speaking while declaring open the state stakeholders’ summit ahead of the 2023 population and housing census, Masari reaffirmed that all the censuses conducted from 1963 to date including during the military region were conducted devoid of politics of tribal, religion, and regional dimensions.
Stressing further that most of the figures assembled in the past were falsified by leaders, consequently affecting the national planning of the country.
He, therefore, expressed hopes that with the aid of technology adopted in the 2023 population census, Nigeria would for the first time get the actual head count of its people for adequate planning.
The governor then urged the traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders to cooperate with the census officials to have a successful exercise in the state.
In lieu of the upcoming census, the stakeholders of the National Population Commission (NPC), have on Thursday paid a visit to the Nigeria factory of an indigenous technology firm, RLG Adulawo, in Ilesa, Osun state as part of their fresh efforts to fully ensure and confirm that next year’s census is conducted, in compliance with the presidential directive on local content, especially in the area of technology.
The team had also made sure that they toured the various sections of the RLG Adulawo Technology City, Ilesa factory, including some of the Assembly lines, testing centres, and workshops sections, where ICT gadgets are being produced.
The NPC team had also witnessed the live assembly of Set Top Boxes (decoders) for one of the major cable TV providers for the country as well as the factory efforts in local assembly for Nigerian-made electric meters.