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Nigeria’s greatest asset is its population: NPC

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The National Population Commission (NPC) says Nigeria’s population remains its greatest asset in national development and must be harnessed to make life worth living for the Nigerians.

NPC’s federal commissioner for Katsina, Bala Banye, stated this on Thursday in Katsina at a two-day state-level workshop on the compendium of localities for the 2023 population and housing census.

He said the compendium of localities would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2023 census.

“With the huge resources spent on the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), we are happy that the NPC has acquired a lot of data sets that will be useful for national development,” the NPC commissioner stated. “I commend the Cartography Department for its efforts to deliver more data for the locality level from the EAD exercise.”

Mr Banye further explained that the NPC “is devoted to collaboration and partnership” with relevant agencies to advance national development and urged all participants at the workshop to work with the commission to achieve excellent results that will add more value to the socio-economic development of the country.

“The 2023 population and housing census results will be released up to the lowest level of the census entities, which could be as small as a camp,’’ added Mr Banye.

He said the NPC would deliver accurate, reliable and acceptable census figures relevant to the drive toward sustainable national development. He pointed out that preparations for the 2023 exercise were on course and the NPC is confident of discharging the function effectively.

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