Embrace Technology For Accurate Census Data, Abia Govt To National Population Commission

 

Abia State Government has stressed the need for the National Population Commission to integrate technology into census procedures to ensure accurate population data for effective planning and development in every state.

 

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pastor Caleb Ajagba who stated this at Government House Umuahia while receiving Management of the National Population Commission, highlighted the critical role of technology in overcoming longstanding challenges in population enumeration and data gathering.

 

Pastor Ajagba noted that no nation can plan or meet it’s obligation without credible data which they derive from the population census.

 

 

He emphasized the need for a comprehensive overhaul of census methodologies and urged the Commission to embrace advanced technological solutions such as data analytics, geospatial mapping, and digital enumeration tools.

 

Pastor Ajagba who underscored the importance of accurate data in shaping policies and efficient allocation of resources, expressed concern over Nigeria’s inability to provide a credible population census and stressed that relying solely on estimations undermines the ability of governments to plan effectively.

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“Some of the challenges (of the National Population Commission) can resolved with the introduction of Technology. If you continue to do things the way you are doing it, in the years gone by, you will not be able to achieve so much because the world has gone ahead.

 

“There would be a need to adopt Technology both in your enumeration and data gathering. It is unfortunate that up until now we can’t give a credible population census of Nigeria, we only do estimation, but then that will not enable any serious government to plan”, Pastor Ajagba maintained.

 

He reiterated the commitment of the state government to support the National Population Commission in modernizing census operations and called for collaborative efforts between government agencies, technology experts, and stakeholders to implement innovative solutions to achieve a credible population census.

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Earlier in their separate speeches the State Director of the Nigeria Population Commission, Lady Juliana Ezebuiro and a director in the Commission, Mr Uduma Agbai Kalu, disclosed that the Commission is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing statistical gathering of data and analysis for developmental and economical purposes.

Mr Uduma Agbai Kalu

 

They solicited government support in areas such as logistics, security, publicity and mass mobilization to enable the commission conduct a free, fair and credible census in the state adding that the Commission has put in adequate manpower in obtaining data from the most remote places in the state.

Dr Ngozi Azodo

 

Contributing, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Ngozi Azodo, The Director General, Abia State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ABSACA) Dr. Uloaku Ukaegbu and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters, Sir Godson Anucha proposed a synergy between the National Population Commission and the State Ministry of Health in the area of undertaking adequate demographic data, compiling and publishing several registration and statistics in line with the Nation’s population policy.

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Dr Uloaku Ukaegbu0