The National Population Commission (NPC), on Tuesday, sought the support of the Nigerian Army (NA), to deliver on its mandate of conducting a credible census in Nigeria.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said that the Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Nasiru Isa Kwarra sought the support of the military when he led a senior staff of the Commission on a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
Stating the purpose of his visit, Hon. Kwarra said he was at the Army Headquarters as part of the Commission’s engagement of major stakeholders in the conduct of a seamless census exercise and to create awareness of the forthcoming National census slated for 2023.
He said the Census will produce the demographic data needed to address the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
He further that the Commission aspires to meet the data needs of all end-users and ensure a robust and quality population for national transformation and global competitiveness.
The Chairman lauded troops of the NA for their effort in ongoing campaign against security challenges in the country.
The Chief of Army Staff , Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya in his response, noted that adequate census data was essential for planning socio economic development of the country.
He added that the NA will not hesitate in providing security for government agencies to enable them perform their national obligations.