NCSCN Throws Full Support Behind 2023 Census
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The National Civil Society Council of Nigeria (NCSCN) has expressed its unwavering support for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census.
Amb. Blessing Akinlosotu, the Executive Director of NCSCN, made the pledge during a meeting held at the National Population Commission (NPC) headquarters in Abuja.
Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, the Chairman of NPC, was present along with the Federal Commissioners, Director-General, and the Management Staff of the Commission.
The objective of the meeting was to explore possible collaborations between the NCSCN and the NPC to ensure the successful execution of the forthcoming census.
Amb. Akinlosotu emphasised the crucial role the census plays in national planning and development.
She stressed that the data obtained from the census, which includes population size, structure, and distribution, is instrumental in resource allocation, infrastructure planning, and policy formulation.
Hon. Kwarra expressed gratitude to the NCSCN for their support and reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to conducting a fair and transparent census.
He noted the NPC’s dedication to collaborating with civil society organisations in mobilizing the population to actively participate and be counted during the census process.
The NCSCN is a non-partisan coalition comprising over 1,000 civil society organizations in Nigeria. Their primary focus lies in championing citizen rights and advocating for good governance across the country.
The NPC, a federal government agency, holds the responsibility of conducting population and housing censuses in Nigeria. It also assumes the role of collecting and disseminating accurate data on population and housing throughout the nation.
The collaborative efforts between the NCSCN and the NPC are anticipated to contribute significantly to the smooth execution of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.
By joining forces, these organisations aim to ensure the availability of reliable data for informed decision-making and comprehensive national development strategies.