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Oyo won’t accept census figure below 15m, Makinde tells NPC | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to conduct an accurate census in 2023 and avoid guesswork and manipulation.

The Governor, who said the population of Oyo State should not be less than 15 million, said any figure below that figure was false and inaccurate.

Makinde, represented by his deputy, Bayo Lawal, speaking in Ibadan on Wednesday at an APN-organized stakeholder summit on the 2023 population census held in the state capital of Ibadan. Oyo, on the theme: “2023 Population and Housing Census – Get Involved,” said the NPC had not been fair to Oyo State in the past census exercises.

The governor, while calling on the people of the state to cooperate with population commission officials during the exercise, said, “The census is very important to us as a government. It is not about politics, religion or culture. This is the number of people in each local council, state and Nigeria.

“In my experience, NPC didn’t do well for us. Chief Awolowo said the 1973 census was unrealistic. They have since started screening. The 1991 census was worse than the 1973 census. I say this as Governor of Oyo State and you tell your headquarters that they are wronging Oyo State.

“As it stands, the population of NPC’s Oyo State is not at 10 million. Be specific and impartial. Declare what you capture. If the state’s population is less than 15 million, that’s wrong and inaccurate. Do your job with precision.

He therefore urged residents of the state to give maximum support to the commission.

Meanwhile, Federal Commissioner, NPC, Oyo State, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji, who solicited the buy-in from residents and other stakeholders, said the commission is ready to conduct the best census.

Furthermore, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Lekan Balogun, said that the traditional rulers would mobilize their subjects to fully participate in the exercise.