- The Nigerian government has started taking steps to conduct another population census
- This is as President Buhari approved the release of N10 billion to the National Population Commission
- The fund is reportedly meant for the continuation of the enumeration exercise in the remaining local government areas in the country ahead of the exercise
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N10 billion to the National Population Commission (NPC) as part of the preparations for the next census, The Nation has reported.
According to the newspaper, the fund is meant for the continuation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the remaining 546 local government areas in the country.
Legit.ng gathers that President Buhari also approved an additional N4.5 billion to be included in the 2021 Budget for completion of the exercise.
The acting chairman of the NPC, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, disclosed these in Abuja on Monday, October 5.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari described the country’s burgeoning population as frightening, saying by average estimates, Nigeria's population is close to 200 million.
The president, who made the assertion at the commencement of a two-day retreat for ministers-designate in Abuja on Monday, August 19, 2019, urged the latter to join hands in finding solutions to the worrisome trend.
President Buhari said:
“By average estimates, our population is close to 200 million today. By 2050, UN (United Nations) estimates show that Nigeria will be third globally, behind only India and China with a projected population of 411 million.
“This is a frightening prospect but only if we sit idly by and expect handouts from so-called development partners. The solution to our problems lies within us.”
Similarly, Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, warned that the country's population will be hitting 543 million by 2050.
Osinbajo said the increase in Nigeria's population would be more of a burden than an asset for the nation without a commensurable economic growth.
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