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We Provide Technical Aid For Census, Not Funding – USAID

Posted: May 12, 2016 at 4:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nedum Noble



The Director, Health Population and Nutrition Office, United States Agency for International Development, Nancy Lowenthal, has said that the agency would not fund the 2017 population and housing census.

Lowenthal, who stated this at the training workshop of 360 management staff of the commission on the forthcoming census open in Abuja, said the agency would only provide technical assistance on how to conduct accurate census.

“It is very important to recognise that in fact the US government cannot fund another country census. What it can do is to cooperate with its agencies that can help provide a strong technical basis on how to do a robust, credible, accurate census.

“It is imperative for any government to be able to fund its census because without it, you cannot be able to do accurate planning. Without accurate census, you cannot have a data, this is fundamental to government to find those resources to finance its census,” Lowenthal said.

Earlier, the Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma said that fixing date for the exercise is not part of the commission’s mandate but that of the Presidency.

Duruiheoma who was reacting to a question on the exact date the exercise would commence, said the Presidency was to determine when the exercise would be conducted.

“Fixing date for the conduct of the 2017 population and housing census is beyond the mandate of the commission. The enquiry as to when 2017 census would be conducted would be answered in due course,” he said.

He, however, said the commission was working tirelessly in order not to be taken unawares when the assent is eventually given by the Presidency.

Declaring the workshop open, the NPC boss reiterated the commitment of the commission to conduct an accurate, reliable and acceptable census that will provide demographic data for sustainable national planning.

“We must remain open to fresh ideas and innovations to guarantee an accurate, reliable and acceptable data. We must explore strategies on how to adapt some of the methodologies to our local environment with a view to making the census in Nigeria hitch free”, he assured.

He said the workshop was designed to enhancing technical capacity and skills of top functionaries of the commission to prepare for, execute and disseminate data from the next population and housing census.

“Census taking is a very complex exercise that requires adequate skills and deep knowledge on the part of those who have the onerous task of carrying out the exercise.